Imam Khamenei hosts memorial ceremony for late Ayatollah Rafsanjani

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday attended a memorial ceremony hosted by him for the late Expediency Council chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Family members of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, heads of the three branches of the Government, country's civil and military officials as well as people from different walks of life are present at the ceremony underway at Imam Khomeini Mosque downtown Tehran.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82 due to a heart attack in a Tehran hospital.

On Tuesday morning, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khamenei performed the ritual ‘prayer for the deceased’ (Salat al-Mayyit) in the funeral of Ayatollah Rafsanjani at the University of Tehran. 

The body of former Iranian president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was laid to rest in the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran on Tuesday after a funeral attended by top officials and a big crowd of people. 

A funeral procession was held in the streets of Tehran afterwards, culminating in a burial ceremony at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of Tehran. Ayatollah Rafsanjani was buried beside Imam Khomeini’s grave. 

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was an influential Iranian politician and writer, who was the fourth president of Iran.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011. He was also the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran. 

During the Iran–Iraq War Ayatollah Rafsanjani was the de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military.

He was elected chairman of the Iranian parliament in 1980 and served until 1989. Ayatollah Rafsanjani also served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997.

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