Here is a glimpse at major events in the life of the late Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away at the age of 82 due to heart condition in Tehran four years ago.

- Born in Iran’s southeastern city of Rafsanjan, Kerman Province, on August 25, 1934

- Married to Effat Mar'ashi in 1958

- Imprisoned from 1960 to 1979 for political activity against the Pahlavi regime

- Helped establish the Combatant Clergy Association in 1977

- Became a key member of the Council of the Islamic Revolution in 1977

- Elected as the first post-Revolution Parliament Speaker in 1980

- Served as Imam Khomeini’s Representative to the Supreme Council of National Defense (in Iraqi war) from 1980 to 89

- Appointed as Acting Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in 1988

- Served as President for two terms from 1989 to 1997

- Ran in the 6th parliamentary elections in 2000, came in last on Tehran’s list, withdrew before being sworn in

- Lost in the 2005 presidential runoff election

- Served as Head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 to 2011

- Ended his long-held position as Tehran Friday prayers leader in 2009

- Disqualified from running in 2013 presidential election

- Won in 2016 Assembly of Experts elections, ranking first on Tehran list

- Passed away after suffering a heart attack in Tehran on January 8, 2017



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