Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi missing after “hard landing” of his helicopter

Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi missing after “hard landing” of his helicopter
Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi missing after “hard landing” of his helicopter

(Ecofin Agency) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi has been missing since the accident of his helicopter around 3 p.m., not far from the town of Jolfa, approximately 600 km northwest of Tehran. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the governor of the province of East Azerbaijan, Malik Rahmati and the Imam of Tabriz, Mohammed Ali Al-Hachim who accompanied him are also nowhere to be found.

Several teams of rescuers, notably from the Iranian and Iraqi Red Crescents, and the army, are hard at work to find the missing. Drones and rescue dogs are used, but searches are complicated by fog, rain and the rugged terrain of this forested and mountainous region. According to the government agency IRNA, communications were cut with the device.

The latter was driving the president to the city of Tabriz for a visit to an oil refinery, after he went this morning to the Azerbaijani border to meet his counterpart, President Ilham Aliev, in order to inaugurate a dam on the river. Araxes. Iranian state television speaks of a “ emergency hard landing » between 70 and 100 km from Tabriz, while the two other helicopters in the convoy reached their destination.

Mohammad Mokhber, Iran’s vice president, joined several ministers and government officials in Tabriz. If Ebrahim Raïssi found himself unable to assume power, the function of interim president would return to him for 50 days, before new elections were held, in accordance with article 131 of the Constitution.

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