Former Iranian President Akbar Rafsanjani Dies At 82

Iran . Hashemi Rafsanjani late ex-Iran president

The former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in an undisclosed hospital in Tehran the capital of Iran where he was taken after suffering a heart attack on Sunday, Iran’s state media reported.

State run Press TV said Rafsanjani, 82, died from a heart attack despite efforts by doctors to save his life.

Rafsanjani was an influential figure in Iran, and headed the Expediency Council, a body which is intended to resolve disputes between the parliament and the Muslim religious leadership known as the Guardian Council.

Reports confirmed that Tasnim news agency quoted his relative and aide Hossein Marashi as saying that Hasehmi had died at the hospital in Tehran.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani or Hashemi Bahramani, born 25 August 1934 is an influential Iranian politician and writer, who was the fourth president of Iran. 

BBC NEWS reports that Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was a founding father of the Iranian revolution who went on to serve as the country’s president between 1989 and 1997 and remained a powerful figure until his death on 8 January 2016, at the age of 82.

Seen as “pragmatic conservative”, Rafsanjani was a leading member of Iran’s religious establishment who gained popularity in later life among Iran’s moderates. He boasted of a long-standing relationship with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, while also calling publicly for greater freedoms for Iranians.

Rafsanjani was also one of Iran’s richest men, and he maintained close links to Iranian industry and business throughout his life. In 2003 he was featured in the Millionaire Mullahs section of the Forbes Rich List.

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