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The stalling of the reformist agenda in Iran
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was one of the founding figures of the Islamic revolution in Iran. He remained a powerful and highly influential figure right up until his death at the age of 82 in January. One of the richest men in government, he was continually viewed by the Iranian people as corrupt, yet he managed to maintain an immense amount of influence and power. His death will have a major impact on the shape of the Iranian government in the upcoming elections in May, most notably for the reform-minded politicians.
Born in 1934 into a wealthy family, Rafsanjani went on to study theology with Ayatollah Khomeini in Qom. Throughout his political career, Rafsanjani remained a prominent figure. From 1980 to 1989, he held the position of speaker of the Iranian parliament. He is also accredited with persuading Khomeini to accept the UN resolution to end the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. Khomeini stated that accepting the resolution was deadlier than drinking poison, an