Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passes away

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away after suffering from heart attack. He was 82. He was 4th President of Iran from 1989 to 1997. Rafsanjani was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979 and leading figure in the Iran’s politics since the 1980s. He had played key role in ending Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) and was considered main mover behind Iran’s acceptance of UNSC resolution for ending war. He also had headed the Iran’s Expediency Council, a body which is intended to resolve disputes between the parliament and the Guardian Council. He was also key player in development of Iran’s nuclear programme. Although, he was a part of the religious establishment, he was regarded as a “pragmatic conservative” open to improving ties to the West.