Iran’s president dies – level 3

24-05-2024 15:00

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border.

The crash was caused by poor weather, and it also killed Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and six others. Supreme Leader Khamenei declared five days of public mourning and announced that First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber would serve as interim president. Raisi’s death occurred during a time of political and social unrest in Iran, with international pressure over its nuclear program and ties with Russia.

The public reaction to Raisi’s death was mixed. Government supporters gathered to mourn, while others, particularly those opposing Raisi’s policies, expressed muted reactions or even celebrated his death. This reflects the deep divisions in Iranian society over the clerical regime’s handling of various crises.

Difficult words: interim (temporary), unrest (disagreements or fighting between groups of people), clerical (related to the formal church-based leadership).

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What was the public reaction in Iran to President Raisi's death and what does this reveal about the divisions in Iranian society?


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