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Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dead: agencies

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was a key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, the ISNA and Fars news agencies reported. Rafsanjani, who was 82, was a pivotal figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979. Rafsanjani served as president twice between 1989 and 1997.

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