Rafsanjani Rafsanjani
Stories About


Mourners attend the funeral of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Tuesday. Rafsanjani, who was 82, was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, and served as president from 1989 to 1997. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, during a 2015 meeting with Germany's foreign minister in Tehran. Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani, A Leading Voice For Reform, Dies At 82

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/508818719/508834673" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's candidacy for the country's presidency was rejected Tuesday by the powerful Guardian Council. He's seen here on May 11 registering his candidacy for the June 14 election. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Ebrahim Noroozi/AP