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New President of Iran will be elected on June 28

The registration of candidates is set for May 30 to June 3, with the election campaign period running from June 12 to June 27.

TEHRAN: The presidential election in Iran is scheduled for June 28, as confirmed by the state-run news agency on Tuesday.

This decision emerged from an emergency meeting of the heads of branches of power, chaired by Iran’s interim president Mohammad Mokhber.

During the meeting, it was resolved that the presidential election would take place on June 28. The registration of candidates is set for May 30 to June 3, with the election campaign period running from June 12 to June 27.

Article 131 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran mandates the formation of a council to manage the executive affairs of the country for 50 days and to prepare for the presidential elections.

Mohammad Mokhber, 68, was appointed interim president of Iran on Monday following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.

President Ebrahim Raisi died when a helicopter carrying him and his entourage crashed in East Azerbaijan province.

According to Iranian law, if a president dies in office, Article 131 stipulates that the first vice president—currently Mohammad Mokhber—assumes the presidency, pending confirmation by the supreme leader, who holds ultimate authority over state matters in Iran.

Additionally, a council comprising the first vice president, the speaker of parliament, and the head of the judiciary must organize an election for a new president within 50 days.

Here are some key facts about Mohammad Mokhber, 68, Iran’s first vice president who became interim president following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash:

  • As interim president, Mokhber is part of a three-person council, alongside the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary, tasked with arranging a new presidential election within 50 days of the president’s death.
  • Born on September 1, 1955, Mokhber, like Raisi, is considered close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all state matters. Mokhber became first vice president in 2021 when Raisi was elected president.
  • Mokhber was part of a team of Iranian officials who visited Moscow in October and agreed to supply surface-to-surface missiles and additional drones to Russia’s military, according to sources cited by Reuters. This team also included two senior officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and an official from the Supreme National Security Council.
  • Mokhber previously headed Setad, an investment fund linked to the supreme leader.
  • In 2010, the European Union sanctioned Mokhber for alleged involvement in “nuclear or ballistic missile activities,” but removed him from the list two years later.
  • In 2013, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Setad and 37 companies under its oversight.
  • Setad, officially known as Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam (Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam), was established by an order from the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was created to manage and sell properties abandoned after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with most proceeds directed to charity.

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