Ebrahim Raisi’s death: Iran decides to hold 14th presidential election on June 28

Iran decides to hold 14th presidential election on June 28 following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi
 Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi addressing the General Assembly in September 2022.Photo Courtesy:  UN Photo/Cia Pak

A day after President Ebrahim Raisi and some members of his accompanying team, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Iran has decided to hold its 14th presidential election on June 28.

“Article 131 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran states the formation of a council to manage the executive affairs of the country for a period of 50 days and prepare for the presidential elections,” IRNA news agency reported.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian died after the helicopter in which they were travelling crashed in a dense forest area in East Azerbaijan.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, alongside members of the Security Council, has extended sincere condolences to the people and Government of Iran following the death of President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi.

“The Secretary-General expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Guterres’ Spokesperson said in a statement released in New York on Monday.

The members of the Security Council joined the Secretary-General in expressing condolences as they convened on Monday.

Led by Pedro Comissário Afonso, Permanent Representative of Mozambique and Council President for May, the ambassadors observed a moment of silence at the start of the body’s 9629th meeting.

According to media reports, President Raisi’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and all cultural events in the country have been cancelled during what is now an official period of mourning.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, led a minute of silence in honour of the passing of those who died, at a conference on nuclear security taking place in Vienna on Monday.

IAEA inspectors have been working with authorities for years at Iran’s nuclear sites in order to limit capacity to purely civilian use.