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Raisi’s body will be buried on Thursday in Mashhad: Iranian vice president

People mourn the victims of the helicopter crash near Varzaqan County, in Tehran, Iran, on May 20, 2024. (Xinhua/Shadati)

Iranian Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohsen Mansouri said on Monday that President Ebrahim Raisi’s body would be buried on Thursday in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

He made the comments while detailing planned measures for holding the mourning ceremonies of Raisi and members of his accompanying team, all of whom were killed in a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province on Sunday, according to Iran’s Student News Agency.

He noted that in view of the frequent requests from people in various provinces to attend the mourning ceremonies, the Iranian Ministry of Education had canceled the exams of all students from Tuesday to Friday, and a nationwide shutdown had been announced for Wednesday to allow the mourning ceremonies to take place better.

The funeral ceremonies would take place from Tuesday to Thursday for Raisi in Tabriz, Qom, the capital Tehran, Birjand and Mashhad, and the president’s body would be buried on Thursday evening at the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared five days of national mourning on Monday over the incident, according to a statement on his website.

On Monday afternoon, a large number of people gathered in Tehran to mourn the tragic deaths of Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of East Azerbaijan Province Malek Rahmati and the representative of the Iranian Supreme Leader in East Azerbaijan Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem.

The crash occurred on Sunday in Varzaqan County when Raisi, along with his accompanying team aboard three helicopters, was en route from Khoda Afarin County, where he had attended the inauguration ceremony of a storage dam earlier in the month with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev. that day to the provincial capital Tabriz. The members aboard Raisi’s helicopter were killed.