Mikati declares mourning over Raisi's death as Lebanese parties react


Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday declared three days of national mourning over the death of Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and a number of officials in a helicopter crash.

According to Mikati’s memo, flags will be flown at half-mast at all public administrations and institutions while radio and TV programming will be adjusted to suit the situation.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meanwhile sent a cable of condolences to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying Iran, Lebanon and the Islamic world “have lost a host of pioneering leaders.”

Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh for his part described the incident as “a major tragedy that has hit Iran and shaken the world,” offering condolences to the Iranian leadership, government and people.

Lebanon’s Jamaa Islamiya group also offered condolences over the deaths of the Iranian officials, expressing grief over the “tragic incident” and hoping Iran will “overcome this accident.”

Comments 2
Missing HellAndWaite 20 May 2024, 13:48

What a good lap dog.
Should we expect 7 years of famine to be observed when Assad the Younger someday relinquishes his throne?
.. and we call ourselves an "independent sovereign nation" ..

Thumb gebran_sons 20 May 2024, 21:47

We mourn the death of our sovereignty and independence at the hand of this Vichy government! No greater humiliation! Every respectable country would have arrested and locked all leaders of a criminal militia created, funded, armed and indoctrinated by a foreign country. A militia with a long list of assassination of Lebanon's best, responsible with its Useful idiots and Trojan Horses of destroying our economy and reducing the most advanced and educated Arab nation into a Banana Republic with advanced missiles and malnourished children like Houthis. Whereas Mikati is a marionette in the hand of Hizbollah, spreading the red carpet Iran's Foreign Legion occupying our land.