Following the death of President Raisi, snap presidential elections will be held in Iran on June 28.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Following the tragic demise of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon, the heads of the three branches of the Iranian government have agreed to set June 28 as the date for snap presidential elections in the country, Press TV reports.

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The date was confirmed during a meeting held at the Presidency office in Tehran, Press TV reported, citing IRNA news report.

The meeting was attended by Iran's executive branch head Mohammad Mokhbar, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and judiciary chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ezei.

The session was the second meeting between the three officials within hours of President Raisi's tragic death in a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province.

According to Article 131 of the Iranian Constitution, the country's top three officials are ordered to arrange presidential elections within 50 days of the death or incapacitation of the sitting president.

According to Press TV, the meeting on Monday saw the presence of Iranian Vice President for Legal Affairs Mohammad Dehghan, Vice President of the Guardian Council Siamak Rahepkand and Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs Mohammad Taghi Shahcheraghi.

A timetable was set for the elections, allowing candidates to register from 30 May to 3 June, with candidates launching their campaigns for 15 days beginning on 12 June.

The helicopter carrying Raisi and his entourage crashed around noon on Sunday while it was heading from a location on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan to Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan, where the Iranian president inaugurated a major dam project.

Rescue workers found the wreckage of the helicopter early Monday after an extensive search involving hours and hours by more than 70 teams.

The accident resulted in the death of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdullahian and two senior provincial officials, as well as crew members and bodyguards.

According to Press TV, after this, the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has announced five days of national mourning in Iran.

Khamenei announced this in a message on Monday, saying he had received “the bitter news of the death of his comrades”, which deeply saddened him.

According to Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Dear Raisi did not know fatigue.” He said that in this tragic incident the Iranian nation lost an honest and valuable servant.

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