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Funeral Starts For Iran’s Late President Ebrahim Raisi And Other Officials Who Died In The Helicopter Crash 

The funeral procession starts for Iran’s late President Ebrahim Raisi, as well as other officials who were with the President during the crash. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will lead the congregational funeral prayer for the deceased in Tehran, after which Raisi’s body will be taken to his hometown, Mashhad, where his final resting place is waiting.

The Islamic Republic of Iran consumed a shockwave on Monday as the helicopter carrying President Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other top officials crashed into a remote region in northern Iran. The President went to neighboring country Azerbaijan for a dam opening ceremony. 

The country is currently mourning the sudden loss of its leader. According to the itinerary, on Tuesday, the bodies of the deceased officials, including Raisi’s, were taken to Iran’s northwestern city, Tabriz. Tens of thousands of Iranians, along with government officials, will be present at the Martyrs Square to pay respect to the deceased for the last time.

A second funeral will be held in Qom, another city in Iran where Raisi spent a significant portion of his studies. The itinerary suggests a third funeral will be held in the country’s capital, Tehran, where the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, himself, will bid them goodbye.

Finally, on Thursday, Raisi’s body will be flown to his hometown, Mashhad, for burial. The late president's final resting place will be the revered shrine of Imam Reza. He was the custodian of the same revered shrine before becoming the judiciary chief in 2019 and the President in 2021.

Upon Raisi’s demise, Vice President Mohammad Mokhber was declared the interim President of Iran, who is responsible for organizing an election within 50 days. 

Alex Vatanka, an expert at the Middle East Institute, wrote, “Raisi's death comes at a moment when the Islamist regime is consolidated. In short, there will be no power vacuum in Tehran; nonetheless, post-Khamenei Iran suddenly looks far less predictable than it did just a few days ago."

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