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Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Former Iranian President, Dies at 82

Source: RFE/RL

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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