News ID: 175435
Published: 0958 GMT January 10, 2017

Massive funeral processions for Iran's popular hero

Massive funeral processions for Iran's popular hero

people from all walks of life are attending the massive funeral procession for their popular hero Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The processions began at the University of Tehran, central Tehran.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani will be liaid to rest in the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in southern Tehran today. Ayatollah Khamenei will lead the funeral prayers.

The two-time president, who served from 1989 to 1997, was taken to a hospital near his residence north of the capital after suffering a heart attack. Doctors performed CPR in vain for nearly an hour and a half before pronouncing him dead. He had been the chairman of the State Expediency Council since he left office.

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