Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi Dies in Helicopter Crash at 63

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi Dies in Helicopter Crash at 63
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has tragically passed away at the age of 63 following a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province. The helicopter, carrying Raisi and other officials, crashed in a mountainous and forested area during poor weather conditions.

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Raisi, a prominent figure in Iranian politics, served as president for nearly three years and was expected to run for re-election next year. Born in Mashhad, Raisi had a long career in Iran’s judiciary before becoming president in 2021. He was also considered a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The crash comes amid a tumultuous time for Iran, with Raisi having been a vocal critic of Israel and the United States. He recently condemned actions in Gaza and supported Iran’s strategic policy of resistance against Western sanctions.

Raisi’s sudden death has left a significant void in Iran’s political landscape, with his firm stance on issues like the 2015 nuclear deal and regional conflicts shaping much of his tenure. As a close ally of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, his loss will be deeply felt among his supporters and within the broader context of Iranian politics.

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