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Mokhber as Interim President After Raisi’s Death in a Helicopter Crash.

Mokhber as Interim President After Raisi’s Death in a Helicopter Crash.

London, 20 May 2024

The Decision Maker discussed with a local source Iran's future after the death of President Raisi.

According to the nation's constitution, Mokhber, who held the position of first vice president under Ebrahim Raisi, will become the presidency until the next round of elections.

With the blessing of the Supreme Leader, Mohammad Mokhber will assume the role of acting president for a 50-day period, according to confirmation from Iran's powerful decision-making body, the Guardian Council.

When the president in office passes away, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's approval transfers the presidency to the first vice president, according to Tahaz Nazif, a spokesman for the Guardian Council, a 12-member screening committee established by the constitution.

Nazif stated that all matters in such cases are codified in the country's law, alluding to Khamenei's words on Sunday that "no disruption" will occur in the functioning of the country following the helicopter crash that killed Raisi and his accompanying party in northwest Iran.

"It's true that the president and other servants perished in this accident, but as the Leader stated, the level of service to our noble people will not be disrupted, and the constitution contains provisions for situations like these," he continued.

The first vice president, in this case Muhammad Mokhber, will take over as the new president for the next fifty days in accordance with Article 131 of the Iranian Constitution.

A council made up of the speaker of the house of representatives, the head of the judiciary, and the first vice president will arrange for fresh presidential elections to be held within this period.

According to Nazif, "the first vice president practically assumes the powers of the president in such situations, and the administration of the country is entrusted to him with the approval of the Supreme Leader."

He stated that the new president has been made aware of the essential topics, and that his 50-day interim presidency started yesterday, Sunday.

A representative for the Guardian Council stated that the council will talk about the incoming government's term, given that the Raisi government's term was set to expire the following year.

Mokhber was the leader of the Execution of Imam Khomeini's Order (EIKO), a prominent organisation run by the office of the Supreme Leader. Raisi selected Mokhber as his first deputy in the 2021 presidential race.

His most notable job, which elevated him to prominence in the nation's political circles, was his high-profile role at the EIKO from 2007 to 2021.

Though there's still no word on who would run as a conservative in the upcoming elections, Mokhber and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf are two names that are being mentioned.

(Research and edit by The Decision Maker International Relations editors. Angelos Tsigkopoulos contributed to this article)


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