the death of President Raissi sharpens the fight for the succession of the supreme guide

the death of President Raissi sharpens the fight for the succession of the supreme guide
the death of President Raissi sharpens the fight for the succession of the supreme guide

The disappearance the day before in a helicopter accident of Ebrahim Raissi made the front pages of the Iranian daily newspapers (here in Tehran).
ATTA KENARE/AFP

ANALYSIS – Revolutionary Guards, clerics and conservatives are preparing for the post-Khamenei era, the 85-year-old Ayatollah who leads the country.

A few hours after the official announcement, Monday morning, of the death of the President of the Islamic Republic, Ebrahim Raissi, in a helicopter accident in a steep and wooded region of northwest Iran, the Supreme Guide, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, confirmed his replacement by the first vice-president, Mohammad Mokhber, as well as that of the head of diplomacy, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, also dead in the accident, by the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani. Five days of mourning were declared. The funeral of Mr. Raissi, 64, begins this Tuesday and a funeral procession is planned for Wednesday in Tehran.

While signs of satisfaction at the disappearance of a man accused of being responsible for numerous human rights violations appeared on social media, the authorities were keen to give the impression that there was no power vacuum. In accordance with article 131 of the Constitution, Mr. Mokhber will occupy the position of president…

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