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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 Urges Iranian Negotiators to Defend Nation's Rights in Talks with ...
2014-04-12
TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani voiced satisfaction in the outcomes of the talks between Tehran and the six major world powers, and called on the country's negotiators to do their best to materialize ...
(Fars News Agency)
  1. Warmer US-Iran Ties Would Not Undermine Saudis

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Rafsanjani: Iran insists on nuclear rights amid rapprochement with West
2014-04-12
Iran insists on its nuclear rights amid rapprochement with the West, Iran's Expediency Council chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Saturday, IRNA reported. Ayatollah Rafsanjani made the remarks in the first session of the Expediency ...
(Trend.az)
  1. Extremism, factional disputes should be avoided: Rafsanjani
  2. Iran to Uphold Nuclear Rights: Rafsanjani
  3. Iran determined to resolve nuclear issue: Rafsanjani

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Man held on suspicion of kidnapping British-Iranian businessman
2014-04-06
Abbas Yazdi, A British-Iranian, was a childhood friend of the son of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, according to UAE media. An Iranian man suspected of helping to kidnap a British-Iranian businessman in Dubai has been arrested in ...
(The Guardian)
  1. Iranian 'kidnapper' caught in Thailand

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Fourth Iranian held in UAE over businessman's kidnap – source
2014-04-06
UAE newspaper 7Days has cited Yazdi's wife as saying the trader and investor was a close childhood friend of the son of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Britain is among Western nations at odds with Iran over its nuclear programme and ...
(euronews)

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    Iran appoints new United Nations ambassador
    2014-03-30
    Reuters quoted a Western UN diplomat as saying that Abutalebi was close to the same circles as Rouhani and the former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, himself hailed as a more pragmatic voice among the Iranian ruling class. Iran has applied for a ...
    (The Times of Israel)
    1. Iran plans to replace UN ambassador in New York
    2. Should the US deny visa for Iran's new UN ambassador?
    3. Hostage-taking past of Iran's UN envoy pick a dilemma for Obama

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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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      EU shouldn't dance to US, Israel tune: Rafsanjani
      2014-03-16
      »Back to Story. EU shouldn't dance to US, Israel tune: Rafsanjani. Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (R) meets Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos in Tehran on March 16, 2014. Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:33PM.
      (Press TV)
      1. Rafsanjani Criticizes World Powers for Ignoring Muslims' Rights in Palestine ...
      2. EC chairman: Certain people are after blackmailing Iran

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      Ex-Iranian intel officer says Iran, not Libya, behind Lockerbie attack
      2014-03-11
      "Iran decided to retaliate as soon as possible," Mesbahi, who had reported directly to Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and now lives under a witness protection program in Germany, told al-Jazeera. "The decision was made by the whole system ...
      (UPI.com)
      1. Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini, ex-Iranian spy says
      2. Iran ordered Lockerbie bombing, claims ex-Iranian intelligence officer
      3. Lockerbie: The case against Iran

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      President vows to uphold Iranians' rights in nuclear negotiations
      2014-03-05
      Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, and other members of the assembly were among the attendees. The assembly holds meetings two ...
      (Payvand)

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