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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is an influential Iranian politician, writer, who was the fourth President of Iran. He was a member of the Assembly of Experts until his resignation in 2011 (a deliberative body of Mujtahids that is charged with electing, monitoring, and dismissing the Supreme Leader of Iran). Despite his resignation from the Assembly of Experts, he continues to hold his position as the Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran (an unelected administrative assembly that resolves legislative conflicts between the Majlis (Parliament) and the Council of Guardians).
Rafsanjani served as President of Iran from 1989 to 1997. In 2005 he ran for a third term in office, placing first in the first round of elections but ultimately losing to rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the run-off round of ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Rafsanjani says optimistic about resolution of nuclear issue
2014-05-05
c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_saki(8).jpg TEHRAN – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a veteran politician who chairs the Expediency Council, said on Monday that he is optimistic about the ongoing talks between Iran and major powers ...
(Tehran Times)
  1. Lebanese Authorities Detain 49 Refugees at Airport

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Riyadh and Tehran relations remain on rocky ground
2014-03-21
After his election as president in 1989, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Rouhani's chief political mentor, launched what proved to be a successful drive to revive bilateral relations, overseeing the restoration of official ties between the two countries in 1991.
(The Daily Star)

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    ME needs indigenous democracy models
    2014-01-06
    In addition to Iran's foreign minister, Casini also held meetings with other Iranian officials, including Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The Iranian foreign minister slammed extremism, saying it “threatens everyone and no one can ...
    (Press TV)

      2013
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      Rohani a mirror image of Rafsanjani
      2013-06-15
      The decision cemented Rohani's reputation as a moderate who rejected Ahmadinejad's combative approach in world affairs in favour of the more nuanced philosophy of Ahmadinejad's leading political foe, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
      (Khaleej Times)
      1. MIDEAST > Iran votes for president, Khamanei slams doubts
      2. Iran Presidential Election 2013: Frequently Asked Questions As Votes Still ...
      3. Rafsanjani: Iranian elections most democratic in the world

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      Iran's Rafsanjani backs Rowhani for president
      2013-06-11
      TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani backed Hassan Rowhani for Friday's presidential election, saying the former nuclear negotiator who champions better international ties is "more suitable" for the post. "I will vote for Dr ...
      (AFP)
      1. Iran reformist presidential candidate Aref meets Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
      2. Moderate Iranian cleric Rafsanjani warns against "extremists"
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      Hashemi Rafsanjani Will Run For President: His Daughter
      2013-05-08
      Hashemi Rafsanjani Will Run For President: His Daughter. Iran'sView May 8th, 2013 0 Comment. Fatemeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, daughter of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said her father will run in the forthcoming presidential elections.
      (Iran's View)
      1. Rafsanjani Will Run With Support of Reformists, Says Zibakalam
      2. Opposition leader supports Rafsanjani in Iranian presidential elections
      3. Khatami says situation not ripe for his candidacy; expresses hope Rafsanjani ...

      2012
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      Son of Iran's Rafsanjani released from prison: IRNA
      2012-12-16
      The son of influential former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was released from prison on Sunday night after spending more than two months in detention, the official IRNA news agency reported. Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, accused of inciting ...
      (Terra.com)
      1. Iran Media: Son of Ex-President Released on Bail

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      Iran Engaged in 'Severe Clampdown' on Critics, UN Says
      2012-10-02
      The pattern included the arrest in the past 10 days of two children of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president of Iran, whose relations with Iran's current leadership have been strained. On Sept. 22, his daughter Faezemi Rafsanjani, a former ...
      (New York Times)
      1. UN calls on Iran to halt clampdown, release activists
      2. UN official criticizes Iran for surge in arrests of dissidents
      3. Iranian crackdown concerns United Nations

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      Ayatollah Rafsanjani: Insults to Islamic sanctities boomerang on perpetrators
      2012-09-16
      In a statement, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani condemned the production and release of an anti-Islam film made in the US which insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and warned that the consequences of such blasphemous acts will boomerang on their ...
      (Ahlul Bayt News Agency - abna.ir)
      1. Iran says insults to Islam to backfire on offenders
      2. Iran says production of anti-Islam film means to sow discord among religions

      2011
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      Plot to kill Iran's supreme leader unearthed
      2011-12-10
      Khamenei recently discussed the matter with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, an administrative council, Geo TV reported Saturday quoting the Aab TV. The report however did not say who was behind the plot. ...
      (MSN India)
      1. Arab TV discloses plot to kill Khamenei
      2. Plot to kill Iran's supreme leader unearthed

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      Iran's Thugocracy Attacks Again
      2011-11-15
      Khamenei also threatened the family of Rezai's boss at the Expediency Council, former president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani's daughter, Faezeh Hashemi, was arrested after the election on allegations of failing to pay import duties on large ...
      (FrontPage Magazine)

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        Iran's Act of War
        2011-10-12
        The once-humble, unremarkable Khamenei—who was given the office of supreme leader in 1989 by the once-great Don Corleone of clerical politics, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (who assumed Iran's presidency that same year)—has become the undisputed ruler ...
        (Wall Street Journal)
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        3. Iran's Covert War Against the United States