Former CIA Official Gives Update on Next Iranian President

( – Iran may have lost President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a tragic helicopter crash recently, but experts say that nothing will really change in the Middle Eastern country.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the real power in the country, according to Dan Hoffman, a former CIA station chief and foreign policy expert. Speaking on Fox’s “Fox & Friends” news segment, Hoffman said that Iran’s next leader, whether it be interim president Mohammad Mokhber – who was Raisi’s First Vice President – or someone else, Khamenei still calls the shots and things will just continue as they are.

For one, Hoffman said that Iran will continue to support what he called the “Axis of Tyranny” – North Korea, China, and Russia. Support for various terror organizations – something that Raisi also endorsed – will continue, especially when it comes to fighting Israel. Raisi, who was reportedly being groomed as one of the possible successors to Khamenei, supported attacks on the Jewish state, including the one Iran made last month. Last month’s offensive by Iran against Israel was in retaliation for the strike at the Islamic republic’s embassy in Damascus, Syria that killed several Iranian generals.

Raisi, along with Hossein Amirabdollahian, the country’s foreign minister, were killed when the helicopter they were in crashed in the northwest region of Iran, in a mountainous area that took rescuers and search teams several hours before the wreckage of the aircraft was found. Six other people who were in the helicopter also died. There were no survivors.

Ali Bagheri Kani was appointed as interim foreign minister, and observers say that there is a high likelihood that both Mokhber and Kani will keep their posts even after the special elections that will be held in late June. Raisi was reportedly planning to run for reelection next year, and was expected to easily win a second term.

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