begin of funeral ceremonies in tribute to President Ebrahim Raïssi | EUROtoday

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L'Iran pays tribute to its president. The funeral of Ebrahim Raïssi started this Tuesday, May 21 in Tabriz, the place the pinnacle of state died within the crash of his helicopter. State tv exhibits 1000’s of individuals gathered within the heart of the capital of the province of East Azerbaijan, carrying portraits of the president who died on the age of 63 and the seven different victims of the accident.

After Tabriz, Raisi's physique might be transferred to the holy metropolis of Qom, south of Tehran, earlier than leaving for the capital. Ayatollah Khamenei is because of lead prayers at a farewell ceremony deliberate in Tehran on Tuesday night, forward of enormous processions attributable to start within the capital on Wednesday morning. Raisi's stays will then be taken Thursday morning to the province of South Khorasan, then to his hometown, Mashhad, the place he might be buried Thursday night.

In Tehran, 1000’s of mourners, carrying portraits of Raisi, had already gathered on Monday in Valiasr Square within the heart of the capital.

Five days of nationwide mourning

Sunday afternoon, Ebrahim Raïssi was on his manner again to Tabriz, after attending the joint inauguration of a dam together with his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Alyev, on their frequent border, when his helicopter disappeared whereas he was flying over a steep and wooded space. Search and rescue operations had been then carried out when two different helicopters in his convoy misplaced contact together with his plane attributable to troublesome climate circumstances.

His demise was introduced Monday morning by state tv, saying that “the servant of the Iranian nation, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, had reached the highest level of martyrdom”, displaying photographs of him whereas a voice recited the Quran. The president died together with eight others, together with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, officers from East Azerbaijan province and the pinnacle of his safety workforce.

After the announcement of his demise, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared 5 days of mourning and tasked Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, 68, to function interim president, earlier than the presidential election which should be held inside 50 days and has been set for June 28.

The ultraconservative Raïssi, 63, was thought of one of many favorites to succeed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, aged 85. He had been in energy since 2021, succeeding average President Hassan Rouhani, at a time when Iran was rocked by a road protest motion, an financial disaster worsened by US sanctions and armed exchanges with arch-enemy Israel .