Ebrahim Raisi: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Announces 5-Day Mourning Period For Late President

Ebrahim Raisi: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Announces 5-Day Mourning Period For Late President

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the late Ebrahim Raisi as a hardworking and dedicated people's president
  • Raisi died in a plane crash with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and Tabriz Friday Prayer Leader Hujjat al-Islam Ale-Hashem, among others
  • Ayatollah stated that the former president faced challenges due to ungratefulness from some citizens he diligently served

Iran - Global leaders have continued to send messages of condolences to the Iranians following the demise of President Ebrahim Raisi.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left frame) has announced 5-day mourning for fallen president Ebrahim Raisi (right frame).
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a past national event (l). Ebrahim Raisi (r) walks off stage after addressing the 78th session of the UNGA at UN headquarters. Photo: Atta Kenare/Adam Gray.
Source: UGC

Raisi and his entourage, including Tabriz Friday Prayer Leader Hujjat al-Islam Ale-Hashem and Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, died on Sunday, May 19, when their helicopter crash-landed near Jolfa in East Azerbaijan.

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The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his deepest condolences, describing the fallen leader as a hardworking and competent people's president.

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"With deep sorrow and regret, I have received the bitter news of the martyrdom of the people’s President, the competent, hard-working Haj Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi, and his esteemed entourage," he said.

Additionally, he revealed that Raisi faced numerous challenges during his time due to ungratefulness and mocking from ill-intentioned individuals.

"For him, the well-being and satisfaction of the people, which was a sign of God’s satisfaction, took precedence over everything else, and the hurt he suffered due to the ingratitude and taunts of some ill-wishers didn’t deter him from his continuous efforts for progress and improvement," he added.

Ayatollah declares 5-day mourning for Raisi

Following the tragic news, Ayatollah declared five days of mourning for the president, who died while on a mission to serve the people of Iran.

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"I hereby declare five days of public mourning and offer my condolences to the dear Iranian nation," he announced.

Ayatollah appoints Mohammad Mokhber as interim president

Due to the sudden death that sent shockwaves across the country, the leader confirmed the first vice president Mohammad Mokhber to lead the executive in an acting capacity.

Mukhber will also join a council of the legislative and judiciary council to organise for the election of a new president in a maximum period of 50 days.

This is according to the constitution of the Islamic Republic when a sitting president dies or is incapacitated.

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YEN.com.gh previously reported that the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would confirm the first vice president, Mohammad Mukhber, as the next president of Iran in an acting capacity.

The presidential election would be organised by a council of the first vice president, the speaker of parliament, and the head of the judiciary.

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