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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani: Death of a political salesman

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani unexpectedly died on 8 January in a Tehran hospital aged 82, following a heart attack. His funeral was held at Tehran University on 10 January, with prayers led by Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and media reports of “hundreds of thousands” of mourners. He was buried in the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum, in the south of the capital.Western media quickly coalesced behind the idea that ‘reformists’ had lost an important support ahead of elections in May. Rafsanjani was undoubtedly a major political player, in formal office and behind the scenes, with a taste for business too.

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