5th passing anniversary of late Ayatollah Rafsanjani held at Imam Khomeini's shrine

5th passing anniversary of late Ayatollah Rafsanjani held at Imam Khomeini's shrine

The ceremony marking the fifth pass-away anniversary of the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was held in Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum in Tehran, with the attendance of Iranian political officials.

 At the ceremony held on Thursday, the son of Ayatollah Hashemi and former Chairman of Tehran Civil Council said extremism was always one of Ayatollah's concerns to stop, which he was always trying. 

The ex-Veep Eshaq Jahangiri also highlighted the popular character of Ayatollah Hashemi, saying he was trying to develop Iran through Quranic teachings.

A new book on Ayatollah Hashemi's records and memories in 2000 was unveiled at the ceremony.

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

A look back at life of late Ayatollah Rafsanjani 

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.

- Married to Effat Mar'ashi in 1958

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

This photo taken on March 8, 2011 shows former Iranian president and head of Iran's Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, delivering a speech during a meeting of the top clerical body in Tehran.

- Helped establish the Combatant Clergy Association in 1977

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

In this December 21, 2015 photo, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani waves to journalists as he registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly, in Tehran, Iran.

- 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

This file photo shows former chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (R) and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

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

- Served as President for two terms from 1989 to 1997

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (L) talks to the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.

- 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

A file photo of Ayatollah Rafsanjani (R) and President Hassan Rouhani.

- 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

This photo taken on July 17, 2009 shows Iran's former president Ayatollah Rafsanjani delivering the Friday prayers sermon at Tehran University in the Iranian capital.

- 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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