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Iran Declares National Mourning After President Raisi's Tragic Death

Iran Declares National Mourning After President Raisi's Tragic Death
(Tuesday, May 21, 2024) 10:54

TEHRAN (NIPNA) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared five days of national mourning following the martyrdom-like death of President Ebrahim Raisi and several senior officials in a tragic plane crash.

In a heartfelt message, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed profound sorrow and paid tribute to the late President Raisi and his companions. He described President Raisi as a tireless and devoted servant who dedicated his life to the service of the people, the country, and Islam.

The crash claimed the lives of Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, Representative of the Supreme Leader in East Azerbaijan Ayatollah Al-Hashem, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, and their esteemed companions.

"I received the heartbreaking news of the martyrdom-like death of the diligent and capable President, Hujjat al-Islam wal-Muslimin Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, and his esteemed companions with great sorrow," Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

"This tragic incident occurred in the midst of their service. President Raisi's tenure, both in his brief presidency and prior roles, was marked by relentless effort to serve the people and the nation. His unwavering dedication and the loss of such a sincere and invaluable servant are profoundly felt by the Iranian nation."

Ayatollah Khamenei also honored the memory of other prominent figures lost in the crash, including Ayatollah Al-Hashem, the esteemed and beloved Imam of Tabriz, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, a diligent and active statesman, and Governor Malek Rahmati, a revolutionary and devout leader. He extended his heartfelt condolences to their families and the nation.

In accordance with Article 131 of the Constitution, Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will assume the responsibilities of the executive branch, collaborating with the heads of the legislative and judicial branches to ensure the election of a new president within 50 days.

"I extend my deepest condolences to President Raisi's honorable mother, his esteemed wife, and the families of all those who perished in this tragedy," Ayatollah Khamenei concluded, praying for their patience and the divine mercy for the deceased.

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