Who will become Iran’s Interim President after death of Ebrahim Raisi?

Who will become Iran's Interim President

Who will become Iran’s Interim President after death of Ebrahim Raisi?

The most intriguing question with the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisai has emerged- who will become Iran’s Interim President? Iranian media confirmed today that prominent world figure Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash.

The helicopter crash happened when President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had been returning after attending a ceremony for an opening dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan. 

The crash reportedly happened in the mountainous region of Varzeghan, East Azerbaijan province of Iran. Ebrashim and Hossein both died in a fatal helicopter crash.

Hence, the death of President Ebrahim urged the need to appoint his successor as soon as possible. The world has set its eyes on who will become Iran’s Interim President. 

Article 131 of the Iranian legislature states that in the case of a president’s death while in office, the first vice president assumes the presidency with the Supreme Leader’s approval.

However, the first vice-president of Iran was Mohammad Mokhber. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been approved his appointment as Iran’s Interim President. 

Ayatollah Khamenei (left side) and Mohammad Mokhber (right side)

Mohammad Mokhber has also called an emergency meeting with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary to set up a new president’s election within a maximum of 50 days. He called this meeting following Iranian law.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei is the judiciary chief, while Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf is the parliament speaker. However, let’s dive into the details of the newly chosen Iran’s Interim President, Mohammad Mokhber:

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Who is Mohammad Mokhber?

Mohammad Mokhber was born on Sep 1, 1955 in Defzul, Iran. He is considered close to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He holds two doctoral degrees- one in international law and another in management. 

Mokhber became the first Iranian vice-president when Ebrahim Raisi won the presidency in 2021. Ebrahim Raisi appointed him as vice president. 

Earlier, he served as an officer in the medical corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps during the Iran-Iraq war. He also served as deputy governor of Khuzestan Province and the CEO of Dezful Telecommunications in the 1990s. 

After that, he became chairman of Sina Bank in 2000 and served there for almost ten years. Mohammad Mokhber also served as head of Setad, an investment fund linked to the supreme commander in 2007.

 European Union sanctioned him in 2010 due to accusations of his involvement in nuclear or ballistic missile activities. The US Treasury Department also placed Setad and around 37 companies on the list of sanctioned organizations in 2013. 

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