Iran: President Ebrahim Raïssi untraceable after helicopter “accident”

Iran: President Ebrahim Raïssi untraceable after helicopter “accident”
Iran: President Ebrahim Raïssi untraceable after helicopter “accident”

Sunday May 19, a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi reportedly had a “accident”, reports the national press. The head of state is currently untraceable.

Uncertainty over the fate of President Ebrahim Raïssi. On Sunday May 19, an Iranian presidential helicopter was involved in a “accident” in the northwest of the country, official media announced. “An accident occurred with the helicopter carrying the president” in the Jofa region in the western province of East Azerbaijan, state television said.

Searches are currently underway to locate the device. According to Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi, the search was slowed down by “unfavorable weather conditions”. The Irna agency added that “more than 20 fully equipped rescue teams including drones and rescue dogs”have “were sent there”.

President Raïssi not found

If the Minister of the Interior did not confirm the presence of the Iranian president on board the plane, the official press agency Irna assured that Ebrahim Raïssi, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, were among the passengers. Ebrahim Raïssi traveled this Sunday to the province of Eastern Azerbaijan to inaugurate a dam with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev, on the border between the two countries.

Ebrahim Raïssi, a 63-year-old ayatollah, was elected president of the Islamic Republic in 2021. Considered an ultraconservative, he won the presidential election from the first vote. According to expert Pascal Boniface, director of IRIS, the potential disappearance of Ebrahim Raïssi, second man in the Iranian state, should not destabilize the regime. “The president comes from a regime and if he disappears, he will not necessarily change. It is the supreme guide who is the most important man in the regimehe explained on LCI. To be continued.

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