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He oversaw the Shaheds and missile deals for the Kremlin: what is known about Mohber, who will temporarily lead Iran after Raisi's death

Oleksiy LutykovWorld
Mohammad Mohber. Source: CCBY 4.0 /Masoud shahrestani

After the death of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi in a plane crash, Vice President Mohammad Mohber will temporarily act as head of state. His candidacy has already been approved by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei has also already assured that after the crash of the helicopter carrying President Raisi, there will be "no disruptions in the governance of the state." This was reported by Bloomberg.

Iran's Supreme Leader said that Mohber will be tasked with organizing the election of a new president within fifty days. Khamenei also announced five days of mourning.

In the past, Mohber was an officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. This position allowed him to control the assets of the Islamic Republic. Now, as interim president, Mohber will be a member of a three-person council, along with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary.

It is worth noting that it was Mohber who represented Iran on recent foreign trips, in particular to China and Russia. In October 2022, Mohber, as part of an Iranian delegation, traveled to Moscow and negotiated the supply of missiles and drones for the Russian occupation army.

The negotiations resulted in an agreement between Iran and Russia on large supplies of kamikaze drones, which the Russian army began to actively use to attack Ukrainian cities. In addition, Tehran and Moscow negotiated the supply of ballistic missiles.

He oversaw the Shaheds and missile deals for the Kremlin: what is known about Mohber, who will temporarily lead Iran after Raisi's death

Just like the deceased president, Mokhbar is a person very close to Khamenei. In the past, Mokhber ran several telecommunications companies and a bank and was deputy governor of Khuzestan.

Most of Mohbar's activities are connected with the Setad Foundation, which was created allegedly to sell real estate to emigrants who left the country after the revolution.

In 2021, Mohber was directly sanctioned by the United States for managing the country's richest sovereign wealth fund, Setad. The fund was formed using a huge amount of property and assets confiscated during the 1979 revolution. In 2010, it was included in the EU sanctions list for its involvement in Iran's nuclear program but was removed from it a few years later.

Many years after the revolution, the Setad Foundation became a business empire controlled by Iran's supreme leader with a turnover of about $95 billion. Over the decades, the foundation has confiscated thousands of properties from emigrants, and Khamenei has passed laws that protected Setad's assets and made the foundation a de facto monopoly in the seizure of property on behalf of the country's highest leader.

He oversaw the Shaheds and missile deals for the Kremlin: what is known about Mohber, who will temporarily lead Iran after Raisi's death

Earlier it was reported that on May 19 in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, a helicopter carrying President Ibrahim Raisi crashed. He was also accompanied by Imam of Friday Prayer Tabriz Seyyed Mohammad Ali Al-Hashem and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

As a reminder, the crash site of the helicopter on board which President Ibrahim Raisi crashed on May 19 was discovered in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan. The board completely burned down after a hard landing in the mountains, and all passengers were killed. Dozens of rescue teams arrived at the site.

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