What significance had been of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Islamic Revolution?

On January 8, 2017, the founding member of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution and president for two consecutive terms, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 82.

Elected as the first post-Revolution Parliament Speaker in 1980 and also served as Imam Khomeini’s Representative to the Supreme Council of National Defense (in Iraqi war) from 1980 to 89.

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