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Meet Mohammed Mokhber, the next President of Iran

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Meet Mohammed Mokhber, the next President of Iran

Iran’s first vice president, to become the country’s interim president following the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. As the nation mourns the loss of its leader, Mokhber takes on the critical role of guiding Iran through this tumultuous period.

Here are some key facts about Mohammad Mokhber, 68, who is expected to lead the country until a new president is elected:

Interim President: Mokhber is part of a three-person council, along with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary, that will organize a new presidential election within 50 days of the president’s death.

Close to Supreme Leader: Born on Sept. 1, 1955, Mokhber, like Raisi, is seen as close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the last say in all matters of state.

First Vice President: Mokhber became first vice president in 2021 when Raisi was elected president.

Moscow Visit: Mokhber was part of a team of Iranian officials who visited Moscow in October and agreed to supply surface-to-surface missiles and more drones to Russia’s military.

Setad Head: Mokhber had previously been head of Setad, an investment fund linked to the supreme leader.

Sanctions: In 2010, the European Union included Mokhber on a list of individuals and entities it was sanctioning for alleged involvement in “nuclear or ballistic missile activities”. Two years later, it removed him from the list. In 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department added Setad and 37 companies it oversaw to a list of sanctioned entities.

The nation holds its breath as it waits to see what the future holds for Iran under its new interim president.

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