The Media Line: Iran to Bury President Raisi in Mashhad Following Fatal Helicopter Crash


Iran to Bury President Raisi in Mashhad Following Fatal Helicopter Crash

Iran is preparing for the burial of its late President Ebrahim Raisi in the holy city of Mashhad following a tragic helicopter crash that also claimed the life of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six others. The incident has prompted a national period of mourning and reflections on Raisi’s influential political career.

Raisi’s coffin was transported to Mashhad after a heartfelt funeral procession in Birjand, where thousands of mourners lined the streets to pay their final respects. The procession featured a guard of honor as his remains arrived in Mashhad, his hometown. The burial will take place at the gold-domed Imam Reza shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shi’ite Islam and the resting place of the 9th-century Imam Ali al-Reza.

The late president, who was 63 at the time of his death, was considered a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In the interim, Mohammad Mokhber, the former first vice president, has stepped in as acting president until the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for June 28.

In Tehran, a separate ceremony honored Amirabdollahian, with Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani lauding him as a martyr who upheld the revolutionary ethos of the foreign ministry. Amirabdollahian’s final resting place will be the Shah Abdolazim shrine, south of Tehran, where many of Iran’s notable figures are buried.

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