Iran: uncertainty over the fate of President Raïssi following a helicopter accident

Iran: uncertainty over the fate of President Raïssi following a helicopter accident
Iran: uncertainty over the fate of President Raïssi following a helicopter accident

On Sunday, May 19, one of the helicopters in a convoy of three aircraft carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi made a hard landing, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on public television. Rescue teams are heading to the accident site, which they have not yet reached due to difficult weather conditions, he said. No information has yet been communicated on the fate of the head of state.

According to https://twitter.com/Tasnimnews_EN/status/1792176636869107809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1792176636869107809%7Ctwgr%5E4828394362e9ae70c04c7093db1cd117faebe810%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lefigaro.fr%2Finternational%2Firan-accident-d-helicoptere-au-sein-d-un-convoi-transportant-le-president-raissi-20240519, the accident took place over the region of East Azerbaijan, a region in northwest Iran. According to the Islamic Republic’s news agency, IRNA, the accident occurred during the landing of the helicopter, in difficult weather conditions, notably fog.

Dam. Hence, also, difficulties in the search to find the helicopter. “It may take time to reach the helicopter area,” added Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi. The location would be located in the Dizmar Forest, near the town of Varzaghan.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi was accompanied in his helicopter by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and by the governor of the Iranian region of East Azerbaijan. The visit was planned for the inauguration of a dam on the border between Iran and Azerbaijan. The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, was to participate.

A Shiite cleric who spent his career in the judicial system, Ebrahim Raïssi participated in the repression of opponents of the new regime of the ayatollahs in power. Aged 63, he was elected President in 2021. He is considered a hardliner of the Iranian theocratic regime and a potential successor to the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

(With Reuters)

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