20 May 2024

Iran president Ebrahim Raisi dead in helicopter crash

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Well as the crisis in the Middle East continues, one of the main players – Iran – is reeling from the death of its president Ebrahim Raisi.

This morning, officials confirmed his helicopter came down in foggy conditions in the northwest of the country – with the foreign minister also among the dead.

While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has attempted to project a sense of calm, Raisi’s death creates a moment of uncertainty for a regime that’s facing both internal and external pressure.