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Iran to hold early elections on June 28

Three powers of Iran agreed on a date for early presidential elections after the accident that claimed the life of President Raisi

Less than a day after it was confirmed that Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi had died in a helicopter crash in the country's northwest, the heads of Iran's three powers agreed on June 28 as the date for presidential elections. anticipated.

The meeting held at the Presidential Office in Tehran, the Iranian capital, was attended by the acting head of the Executive Branch of Iran, Mohamad Mojber, the president of the Legislative Branch, Mohamad Baqer Qalibaf, and the head of the Judiciary, Qolam Hosein Mohseni Eyei. .

The session was the second among three within hours of President Raisi's death in the helicopter crash in the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan.

Article 131 of the Iranian Constitution requires the country's three top officials to make arrangements to hold presidential elections no later than 50 days from the day the sitting president dies in office or becomes incapacitated.

Monday's meeting was also attended by Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Mohamad Dehqan, Vice President of the Guardian Council Siamak Rahpeykand and Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs Mohamad Taqi Shahcheraqi.

A calendar for the elections was also announced according to which candidates will be able to register from May 30 to June 3, while candidates will launch 15 days of campaign starting on June 12.

The helicopter carrying Raisi and his entourage crashed on Sunday afternoon while en route to Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan, from a location on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan, where the Iranian president had inaugurated a major construction project. prey.

Rescuers found the remains of the helicopter early on Monday, after hours of exhaustive search in which more than 70 teams participated.

Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian and two senior provincial officials, as well as crew members and bodyguards, also died as a result of the accident.


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