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Iran to hold funeral procession for Raisi on Tuesday

May 20, 2024 at 5:05 pm

Flags are being lowered to half-mast following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other senior government officials in a helicopter crash in Tehran, Iran on May 20, 2024 [Arda Küçükkaya – Anadolu Agency]

A funeral procession for Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, and Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, will be held in the north-western city of Tabriz on Tuesday, local media said, Anadolu Agency reports.

State news agency, IRNA, said Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian and other top officials killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash will be buried in Qom in central Iran.

After a night long search operation hampered by bad weather, Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian and other top officials were declared dead on Monday morning.

Dozens of emergency rescue teams were dispatched to the mountainous area in north-western Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, where the accident occurred Sunday afternoon.

According to the Iranian Constitution, First Vice President, Mohammad Mokhber, will assume powers of the presidency, and elections will be held within 50 days.

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