Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: 25 August 1934 - January 8 2017
Iranian state media report that former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has
died in a Tehran hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 82.
He served as president from 1989 to 1997 but lost to Mahmud Ahmadinejad when he ran again in 2005.
Rafsanjani was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979.
He headed the Expediency Council, a body which is intended to resolve disputes between the parliament and the Guardians Council.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, dpa, and BBC
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