Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iranian politician, Died at 82

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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Akbar Hāshemī Rafsanjānī‎ was born on August 25, 1934, and died on January 8, 2017.

He was an influential Iranian politician and writer.

Rafsanjani was the fourth president of Iran from 3 August 1989 until 3 August 1997.

Rafsanjani served as the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011 when he decided not to nominate himself for the post.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was also the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council.

Rafsanjani’s wife was Effat Marashi, who he married in 1958.

He had three sons: Mohsen, Mehdi, and Yasser, as well as two daughters, Fatemeh and Faezeh.

However, Faezeh Hashemi was the only child to chose a political life, which led to her becoming a Majlis representative and then the publisher of the weekly newspaper Zan (meaning Woman in English), which was closed in February 1999.

During 2016, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, sparked a debate on religious persecution in Iran by visiting the female leader of the persecuted Bahai religious minority.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s wife, Effat was the granddaughter of Mohammed Kazem Yazdi.

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away at 82 years old.

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