Mumbai, May 20: The unexpected death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash has thrust Mohammad Mokhber into the spotlight. As the first vice president, Mokhber is set to assume the presidency temporarily, per Iran's constitutional protocol. This transition of power comes at a critical juncture for the nation, with Mokhber poised to lead during a period of mourning and uncertainty.

Iran's constitution describes a clear succession plan in the event of the president's demise. According to Article 131 of Iran's constitution, the first vice president will assume the presidency in an interim capacity, steering the nation through a period of transition until a new presidential election can be organised within 50 days. Mokhber's temporary presidency aligns with these constitutional provisions, ensuring continuity and stability in governance. Ebrahim Raisi Dies: Iran's President, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Others Found Dead at Helicopter Crash Site, Says State Media.

Who is Mohammad Mokhber?

Mohammad Mokhber (also spelt as Muhammad Mukhbar), born on September 1, 1955, emerged as a pivotal figure within Iran's political sphere. With a robust career trajectory, Mokhber's ascent to the presidency signifies a culmination of decades of service to the nation. His previous role as head of Setad, a state-owned foundation tasked with managing properties post the 1979 Islamic Revolution, showcased his administrative acumen and strategic prowess. Who Will Take Over If Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Dies? Who Is Iran's Vice President? Know All About Presidential Line of Succession.

Mokhber's close affiliation with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei underscores his stature within Iran's power dynamics. His role in negotiating strategic alliances, including recent discussions with Russia on military supplies, highlights his influence on Iran's foreign policy agenda. Despite past sanctions by the European Union and the US Treasury Department, Mokhber's resilience and diplomatic finesse have solidified his position in Iranian politics.

After Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, died in a helicopter crash last night, May 19, the aircraft carrying top officials went down while crossing mountainous terrain in heavy fog en route to the Iranian city of Tabriz following the inauguration of the Qiz Qalasi Dam on the Iranian-Azerbaijani border.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 20, 2024 12:53 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website