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Publish Date : 09 January 2017 - 08:20  ,  
News ID: 1696
Head of Iran's Expediency Council and two-time president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died at a Tehran hospital on Sunday.

Hashemi Rafsanjani was rushed to the Tajreesh Martyres Hospital in Northern Tehran after experiencing a heart failure Sunday afternoon.


Iran's Expediency Council Chief Hashemi Rafsanjani Dies at 83

"Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani suffered a cardiac arrest at around 18:00 today and was immediately rushed to a Tehran hospital where a team of heart specialists tried hard to resuscitate him for one and a half hours, but unfortunately to no avail," Deputy Health Minister Mohammad Haji Aghajani said in the evening.

"He died at 19:30 this afternoon," the deputy minister declared.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani - who rushed to the hospital after hearing the news - Experts Assembly, Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Guardian Council, Supreme National Security Council, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and a wide range of other Iranian officials have all rushed to express condolences on Hashemi Rafsanjani's death.

Bahrain's foreign minister, Afghanistan's Chief Executive, Kuwait's Emir, crown prince and prime minister, Indian Prime Minister and Turkey's former President Abdullah Gul as well as the country's foreign minister were among the first foreign dignitaries to send messages of condolence to Tehran.

The body of the influential politician and official who had served in a range of top posts ever since the Islamic Revolution was returned to his home in the vicinity of Hosseiniyeh Jamaran - the home to the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini - in Shemiran in Northern Tehran.

His body was later transferred to Hosseiniyeh Jamaran, where a host of Iranian officials are present to show their respect for the veteran politician.

The Iranian government has declared three days of mourning. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will be given two funeral processions, one in Tehran on Tuesday and a second one in Qom. The heavyweight politician will be laid to rest at the holy shrine of Hazrat Ma'soumeh, the sister of Shiite Muslims' 8th Imam, in the city of Qom.

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

He was Iran's Parliament Speaker in the 1980s and the country's president for two terms from 1989 to 1997.

Hashemi Rafsanjani also served as chairman of Iran's Experts Assembly that is tasked with choosing the country's Leader.

He was also head of Iran's Expediency Council ever since 1987.

Hashemi Rafsanjani married Effat Marashi, a housewife, in 1958. The couple have three sons and two daughters. His fourth son, Mehdi who went on trial and was convicted to 10 years of imprisonment for corruption charges, was released from prison in the evening to attend his father's funeral ceremony.

source: fars news agency
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