Iran to Hold Snap Presidential Elections on June 28 After President Raisi's Death

Following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon, the heads of Iran's three branches of government have agreed to hold snap presidential elections on June 28, according to Press TV.

The date was confirmed during a meeting at the Presidency Office in Tehran, as reported by IRNA. Attendees included Iran's Head of the Executive Branch Mohammad Mokhber, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, and Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i.

This session marked the second meeting between these officials within hours of President Raisi's death in East Azerbaijan province. Article 131 of the Iranian Constitution mandates that the country's top three officials arrange presidential elections within 50 days following the death or incapacitation of the sitting president.

Present at the Monday meeting were the Iranian Deputy President for Legal Affairs Mohammad Dehghan, Deputy Chairman of the Guardian Council Siamak Rahpeykand, and Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs Mohammad Taghi Shahcheraghi. A timetable for the elections was established, with candidate registration from May 30 to June 3 and campaign activities starting June 12 and running for 15 days.

The helicopter carrying Raisi and his entourage crashed on its way to Tabriz from a location on the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan, where Raisi had opened a major dam project. Rescuers found the helicopter wreckage early Monday after an extensive search involving over 70 teams. The crash also claimed the lives of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, two senior provincial officials, crew members, and bodyguards.

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