Helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashes

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for freeRoula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favorite tales on this weekly e-newsletter.A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed on Sunday in a mountainous space within the nation’s north-west, based on Iranian officers who didn’t present particulars of his situation.State media confirmed video footage of a convoy of ambulances struggling to make their manner by means of thick fog up a mountain street. In response to Tasnim news company, the crash website has been positioned in Arasbaran Forest close to the border with Azerbaijan.Pir-Hossein Kolivand, the top of Iran Pink Crescent, stated that 40 speedy response groups had been deployed to look the world. Makes an attempt to find the crash website with drones failed earlier within the day because of dangerous climate and the rugged terrain, he stated. Iranian overseas minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was additionally onboard the helicopter as a part of Raisi’s entourage, coming back from a day journey to the nation’s northern neighbour, Azerbaijan, the place they inaugurated a dam.Inside minister Ahmad Vahidi stated the president’s helicopter had a “exhausting touchdown” in a mountainous and foggy area, the place communication was “considerably tough”. Additional data can be offered when rescue groups reached the accident website, he stated.Rescue employees had not reached the crash website by dusk, with darkness, rain and chilly temperatures additional complicating efforts to find the plane. State media was broadcasting prayers on Sunday night, urging Iranians to hope for his or her president.Earlier within the day, some members of the president’s entourage who had been onboard the helicopter, managed to make contact, elevating hopes that the incident may end in minimal casualties, Tasnim stated. Two different helicopters that had flown to Azerbaijan and again carrying different ministers and officers “have safely reached their vacation spot”, it stated.The helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi takes off in Azerbaijan. It later crashed in Iran’s Arasbaran Forest © Hamed Haghdoust/IRNA/APShould Raisi be incapacitated, first vice-president Mohammad Mokhber will take over his duties.Raisi was elected in 2021 in a vote with a document low turnout within the nation’s historical past. He’s anticipated to hunt re-election subsequent yr, and his title has emerged in political circles as a high candidate to succeed Iran’s supreme chief, 85-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The president has proven unconditional loyalty to the ayatollah and maintained shut relations with the Revolutionary Guards. After a long time of tense relations between Iran’s presidents and the supreme chief over the extent of their powers, Raisi has been the primary to finish these tensions.Khamenei on Sunday referred to as on the nation to not fear, reassuring residents that there will likely be “no disruptions” within the nation’s affairs or security. He added that authorities had been doing their greatest to make sure the federal government’s duties had been managed with order and effectivity. He additionally requested everybody to hope for the secure return of the “revered president and his companions”.

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