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Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is right to be concerned about the loss of one of the leading members of Iran's religious establishment in an election year. "With the loss of Hashemi," he said on Sunday referring to the late Ayatollah ...and more »

Death of Iran's Rafsanjani Removes Influential Voice Against Hard-Liners - New York Times

TEHRAN — With the death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Sunday, Iran's political factions knew immediately that any space by reformers to maneuver had just significantly decreased. Change had come, and it did not favor those seeking to ...and more »

Burial of Iran's Rafsanjani turns into anti-Russia protest - Al-Arabiya

Iranians gather around a hearse carrying the coffin of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during his funeral ceremony in the capital Tehran, on January 10, 2017. (AFP). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Text size A A A ...and more »

Rafsanjani: The Iranian Revolution's Unlikely Reformer - The Diplomat

On January 8, former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack at 82. His death marked the passing of one of the 1979 Iranian Revolution's last founding patriarchs, those among Ayatollah Khomeini's closest advisers and ...and more »

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was a one-man political balancing act - Financial Times

He held court in Tehran's Marmar palace, a 1930s white-marbled stronghold with a majestic dome and mirrored halls. In what was once the seat of the Pahlavi shahs, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani exuded confidence as he reclined in his chair in the manner of a ...and more »

Iran's Opposition Protests Amid Mourning for Former President Rafsanjani - Wall Street Journal

The funeral for one of the founding fathers of Iran's regime Tuesday provided a forum for a rare demonstration by the country's long-silenced opposition. Mourners packed the streets of downtown Tehran for the funeral procession of former President ...and more »

Comment: There are no reformers in the Iran regime - Jerusalem Post Israel News

There are only militarists, theocrats, nationalists, extremists, the extreme right, the populist right, the fundamentalists, the Inquisition leaders, and floggers and executioners. By Seth J. Frantzman. January 11, 2017 14:52. Share on facebook. Share ...and more »

Iran Unites, Briefly, to Mourn a Founding Father of the Republic - TIME

In the biggest state funeral held in the Islamic Republic in the past quarter of a century, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the last remaining founding fathers of the republic, was laid to rest on Tuesday. Rafsanjani, a former President who ...and more »

Rafsanjani's Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran - International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

The heads of Iran's three branches of government and supreme leader pray beside the casket of former President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani on January 10, 2017. The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on January 10, 2017, led to ...and more »

How Iran's former president Rafsanjani played kingmaker and political counterweight - PBS NewsHour

One of the founders of Iran's Islamic Revolution died at age 82 on Sunday. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani helped lead the 1979 uprising and went on to serve both as the powerful speaker of parliament and as the president of Iran in the 1980s. Judy ...and more »