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Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

2024-05-24 07:05 Last Updated At:15:57

The final farewell ceremony for Iran's late President Ebrahim Raisi was held at 14:00 on Thursday (local time) in his hometown of Mashhad, the country's second largest city, with tens of thousands of people taking to the street to pay their respects.

President Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's Representative to East Azerbaijan Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem and Raisi's bodyguard were confirmed dead on Monday after the helicopter they were traveling in crashed in the country's mountainous northwestern province of East Azerbaijan.

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Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

The final farewell ceremony for Iran's late President Ebrahim Raisi was held at 14:00 on Thursday (local time) in his hometown of Mashhad, the country's second largest city, with tens of thousands of people taking to the street to pay their respects.

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Coffins of Raisi and seven others who died in the air crash were transported to the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday.

Crowds of people gathered to bid a final farewell to Raisi and his entourage. Namat, one of those attending the ceremony to mourn the death of Raisi, was overwhelmed with sadness as he spoke through tears of his admiration for the late president.

"Raisi was a kind man who always served the people," said Namat.

"Raisi was one of the presidents who contributed a lot to the prosperity and progress of Iran. All Iranians, especially the people of his hometown -- Mashhad, are deeply saddened by his death," said Iman, one of locals who were attending the farewell ceremony.

During the ceremony, residents mourned the loss of Raisi and accompanied his body along the street, with many holding pictures of the late president.

"Raisi was an extraordinary man who rarely rested or took holidays but worked tirelessly for the people. As a worthy person, his name will be recorded in the history of Iran," said Hamid, another resident attending the ceremony.

Another farewell ceremony was held in Birjand on Thursday, where a large number of local people offered their condolences to the late president through a procession.

The body of Iranian Foreign Minister Abdollahian was laid to rest in Tehran on Thursday.

Prior to that memorial service, Iran had held three farewell ceremonies for Raisi and others on Tuesday morning in Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan province, on Tuesday Afternoon in the city of Qom, Qom province, and on Wednesday in Tehran.

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

Mourners commemorate life of late Iranian president at last farewell ceremony

China continues to optimize the energy consumption structure, and promote green and low-carbon development to a new height, said a senior official in Beijing on Thursday.

Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, China has made a new leap in the level of energy security and stable supply, while continuously optimizing the energy consumption structure, said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

From 2013 to 2023, the total production of primary energy rose 35 percent. The installed wind power generation capacity increased by nearly five times, and the installed photovoltaic power generation capacity increased by over 30 times, said Zhang.

The official also said that China has established the world's largest charging infrastructure system. Over the course of 10 years, the proportion of coal consumption has dropped by 12.1 percentage points, while the proportion of consumption in non-fossil fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and nuclear power has increased by 7.7 percentage points. As a result, the "green content" of economic development has significantly improved.

So far, China is one of the world's advanced countries in terms of energy technology modernization.

In the future, the country will coordinate energy security and low-carbon transformation, reduce the consumption of fossil fuel energy, and continuously promote the transformation and upgrading of energy utilization.

Meanwhile, China is intensifying its efforts in the development of non-fossil energy, while coordinating the advancement of nuclear power, hydropower, and new energy development and utilization, aiming to promote high-quality development of energy.

"By 2025, approximately 12 million charging facilities will be established nationwide. Efforts will be made to increase the electrification level of end-use energy to around 30 percent by 2025. We will continue to expand the scale of green electricity consumption and increase the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption by one percentage point every year," said Zhang.

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

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