Who is Mohamad Mojber, interim president of Iran who has just been sworn in?

Who is Mohamad Mojber, interim president of Iran who has just been sworn in?

Mohamad Mojber, 68, has just been sworn in as leader of Iran. He came from being the first vice president of that country, thus he has become interim president after the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter accident.

As interim president, Mojber sits on a three-person council, along with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary.which will organize new presidential elections within 50 days of the president's death.

Born on September 1, 1955, Mojber, like Raisi, is considered close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state. Mojber became first vice president in 2021, when Raisi was elected president.

Mojber was part of a team of senior Iranian officials that visited Moscow in October and agreed to supply surface-to-surface missiles and more drones to the Russian military, sources told Reuters at the time.. The team also included two senior officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and a leader of the Supreme National Security Council.

The leader had previously been head of Setad, an investment fund linked to the supreme leader. In 2010, the European Union included Mojber on a list of people and entities it was sanctioning for their alleged involvement in “nuclear or ballistic missile-related activities.”. Two years later, she removed him from the list.

In 2013, the US Treasury Department included Setad and 37 companies it supervised on a list of sanctioned entities. Setad, whose full name is Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam, or Headquarters for Executing the Imam's Order, was created under an order issued by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Khamenei's predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It ordered aides to sell and manage properties supposedly abandoned in the chaotic years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and to direct most of the profits to charity.