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Iran Rafsanjani death: Huge crowds at ex-president’s funeral

Iran Rafsanjani death: Huge crowds at ex-president’s funeral

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have turned out in the capital, Tehran, for the funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led the prayers at the ceremony.

Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, died of a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 82.

He had been one of the most influential figures since the 1979 revolution, criticised for his harsh rule but later becoming a key supporter of reformists.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the supreme leader lamented the death of a “comrade and ally” with whom he had been friends for almost 60 years.

But he also alluded to their rivalry in recent years, acknowledging “differences in views and interpretations of Islamic law in various points of this long time”.(BBC,2017)


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