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President Ebrahim Raisi is conservative and previously headed Iran’s judiciary. He is seen as a protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and some experts have suggested that Raisi could replace the 85-year-old after his death or resignation. Archive photo: Iran’s presidential office via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 19.05.2024 15:49:30

Economy and business: Rescue crews are trying to reach the site in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan. According to Iranian media, heavy rain and some wind have been reported in the area, which makes it difficult for emergency services to reach the scene.

The incident reportedly took place near the town of Jolfa, close to the border with Azerbaijan. No Iranian media has so far written anything about Raisi’s state of health.

Iranian TV first reported that one of the helicopters in the entourage carrying the president had suffered an accident. There must have been three helicopters in the entourage.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other high-ranking officials were also in the entourage, writes the state-run Iranian news agency Irna.

Raisi had been in Azerbaijan on Sunday morning to inaugurate a dam together with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

63-year-old Raisi is conservative and previously led the country’s judiciary. He is seen as a protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and some experts have suggested that Raisi could replace the 85-year-old after his death or resignation.

Raisi won the 2021 presidential election, an election that had the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s 45-year history. The 63-year-old is sanctioned by the United States in part because of his role in the mass execution of thousands of political prisoners during the Iran-Iraq war in the late 1980s.

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