January 09, 2017

Iran Mourns The Passing Of Former President Rafsanjani

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who served as President of Iran from 1989 to 1997, died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He played a pivotal role in the 1979 revolution but later became known as a skeptic of hardline conservatives. Rafsanjani was the most influential political leader who spoke favorably of the country’s reformists and his death creates a massive void in their representation. As an ex-President, his calls for nuclear compromise carried weight, and now the country’s moderates and reformists must scramble to find a representative with just as much clout. “Hard-liners will be happy, but this is the start of a period of anxiety for many,” cleric Fazel Meybodi told The New York Times. “His death disturbs the fragile balance we had in Iran.”

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