Breaking: Iran gets new President after Raisi’s death

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has assigned vice president Mohammad Mokhber to assume interim duties after the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash a day earlier.

“In accordance with Article 131 of the constitution, Mokhber is in charge of leading the executive branch,” said Khamenei in a statement, adding that Mokhber will be required to work with the heads of legislative and judicial to prepare for presidential elections “within a maximum period of 50 days”.

AFP