Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei appoints Mohammad Mokhber as acting President

Mohammad Mokhber

20th May 2024 – (Tehran) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced the appointment of Mohammad Mokhber as the acting President of Iran, following the untimely death of President Ebrahim Raisi. The announcement came alongside a message of condolence after President Raisi perished in a helicopter crash in a rugged area of north-western Iran on Sunday.

Mohammad Mokhber, who previously served as Iran’s first vice president, will assume the presidential duties effective immediately. The wreckage of the helicopter was located on Monday, confirming the tragic event that led to the leadership transition.

In his message, Ayatollah Khamenei also declared a national period of mourning lasting five days, reflecting the gravity of the loss and the nation’s respect for the deceased leader. This transition occurs at a critical time for Iran, as the country navigates both domestic challenges and complex international relations.