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Iran’s ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dead

FILE — In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani waves to journalists as he registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, that Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, has been hospitalized because of a heart condition. The official IRNA news agency reported that Rafsanjani was taken to a public hospital north of the capital, Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Tehran: Iran’s former President and leading reformer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of heart disease on Sunday, local media reported. He was 82.

Rafsanjani, was hospitalised on Sunday due to a heart attack, but the medication attempts were not successful, Xinhua news agency reported.

Born in August 1934 in Iran’s Bahreman, Rafsanjani was an influential politician, religious scholar and the confidant of Ayatollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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