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Monday, 09 January 2017 - 6:40
Iran's ex-President Rafsanjani dies at 82
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Iran's ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a dominant figure in the country's politics since the 1980s, has died at the age of 82.

Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, suffered a heart attack.

He played a pivotal role in the 1979 revolution but later in life became a counterpoint to hard-line conservatives.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hailed a "companion of struggle" despite their differences, saying that the loss was "difficult and overwhelming".

There will be three days of national mourning and a funeral in Tehran is due on Tuesday, which has been declared a public holiday.

 

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