Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi dies in helicopter crash | EUROtoday

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DUBAI — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the nation’s supreme chief who helped oversee the mass executions of 1000’s in 1988 and later led the nation because it enriched uranium close to weapons-grade ranges and launched a significant drone-and-missile assault on Israel, has died. He was 63.

Mr. Raisi’s sudden dying, together with Iran’s overseas minister and different officers in a helicopter crash Sunday in northwestern Iran, got here as Iran struggles with inner dissent and its relations with the broader world. A cleric first, Mr. Raisi as soon as kissed the Quran, the Islamic holy ebook, earlier than the United Nations and spoke extra like a preacher than a statesman when addressing the world.