Manipur Declares Day of Mourning to Honor Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Northeast Desk, 21st May: The Government of Manipur has announced a day of mourning on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in memory of H.E. Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash. The accident, which also claimed the life of Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, occurred in East Azerbaijan province on Sunday.

The helicopter carrying President Raisi and Minister Amir-Abdollahian disappeared over a mountainous region. Iran’s state television reported that upon finding the helicopter, there were no signs of life among the passengers. This tragic event follows a period of heightened tensions in the region, particularly due to the Gaza conflict and Iran’s escalations with Israel. President Raisi, who had been in office since 2021, was known for his staunch support of Palestine, a commitment he reaffirmed during a recent speech at a dam inauguration.

Videos shared by Iranian state media showed President Raisi aboard the helicopter on Sunday, with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and other senior officials visible in the footage.

In response to this international tragedy, the Governor of Manipur has issued a proclamation declaring a day of mourning. The National Flag will be flown at half-mast on all government buildings and offices throughout the state. Furthermore, all official entertainment activities scheduled for the day will be suspended as a mark of respect.

The Iranian government has scheduled elections to elect the next president on June 28. The loss of President Raisi has deeply impacted Iran and has resonated globally, leading to numerous condolences and expressions of solidarity from the international community.

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