Iran's First Vice President Mohammed Mokhber to assume presidential duties after Raisi's death

Former Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi
Former Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will assume the responsibilities of the presidency according to the Iranian constitution following President Ebrahim Raisi's death, The Washington Post reported.

The constitution stipulates that the first vice president steps in to fulfill the president's duties upon the incumbent's death until a new president is elected within 50 days.

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The helicopter accident with the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

The helicopter carrying Raisi was believed to have crashed, Iranian media reported on May 19.

Some of the president's companions traveling with him on the helicopter had managed to contact the center, raising hopes that there might be survivors, media initially reported.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of Iran's East Azerbaijan Province, and other officials flew with Raisi, IRNA news agency reported.

Iranian officials had been able to contact two people on board the presidential helicopter, an official told CNN after it became known that Raisi's helicopter had crashed.

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They initially declared that the plane crash was "not serious".

The helicopter of the Iranian President was completely burned during the accident, Reuters reported on May 20, citing an Iranian official.

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