Former Iranian President Akbar Rafsanjani dies aged 82

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Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at the age of 82.

It follows reports on Sunday that Mr Rafsanjani had been hospitalised with a heart condition in Tehran.

The ex-leader’s death was confirmed by state media who reported that he had suffered a heart attack.

Mr Rafsanjani was Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997 and has often been cited as being a “kingmaker” and noted for his influential role in his country’s turbulent politics which earned him a host of nicknames such as “Akbar Shah”, or “Great King”.

The former leader was also head of the Expediency Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and won a seat on the clerical body that will one day decide Khamenei’s successor last year.