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Iran: Hundreds of mourners gather to remember Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani02:02

Iran: Hundreds of mourners gather to remember Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
January 9, 2017 at 23:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to former Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at the house of the Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Monday. Rafsanjani died over the weekend at the age of 82.

The house was chosen to host the ceremony because Rafsanjani had been close to Khomeini for years.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi were reportedly among the crowds of officials and citizens that attended the ceremony.

Rafsanjani died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, state media reported.

Rafsjani, who played a crucial role in the 1979 revolution, was president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. Three days of national mourning have been declared, with Tuesday as a public holiday for his burial.

Iran: Hundreds of mourners gather to remember Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani02:02
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Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to former Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at the house of the Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Monday. Rafsanjani died over the weekend at the age of 82.

The house was chosen to host the ceremony because Rafsanjani had been close to Khomeini for years.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi were reportedly among the crowds of officials and citizens that attended the ceremony.

Rafsanjani died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, state media reported.

Rafsjani, who played a crucial role in the 1979 revolution, was president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. Three days of national mourning have been declared, with Tuesday as a public holiday for his burial.