Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi tragically perishes in helicopter accident at age 63

Iran has lost President Ebrahim Raisi in a tragic helicopter crash in a mountainous area due to poor weather conditions.

Raisi, a key figure in Iranian conservative politics, served as president for almost three years and was likely to run for re-election.

Born in Mashhad, a significant religious center in northeastern Iran, Raisi received religious training in Qom under notable scholars, much like Ayatollah Khamenei.

He was recognized as a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, denoted by his black turban, similar to the supreme leader.

On arriving in Tehran in 1985, Raisi was reportedly involved in overseeing the execution of political prisoners, according to human rights organizations.

Raisi was an influential member of the Assembly of Experts and later served as attorney general overseeing a large charitable trust tasked with managing billions of dollars in assets.

In his presidential bid, Raisi faced off against Hassan Rouhani in 2017, later assuming the role of head of the Iranian judiciary with a strong focus on justice and anti-corruption measures.

Despite criticisms and low voter turnout, Raisi secured the presidency in 2021 and maintained a hardline stance against Israel, the United States, and their allies, especially during conflicts in Gaza.

He advocated for retaliation against Israel for attacks on Iranian assets in Syria, expressing support for a strong, resilient response to international conflicts, particularly concerning the Iran nuclear deal.

Raisi was allied with the IRGC and publicly supported various armed groups across the region, especially in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, including backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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