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Mourners pay tribute to late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

News Agencies | First published: 9 January 2017, 13:16 IST
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Mourners pay respect to former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as Iran observes three days of mourning following his death.

President Hassan Rouhani and his administration today appeared at a mosque in northern Tehran, where Rafsanjani's body was brought.

Residents in the Iranian capital also expressed their grief at the loss of Rafsanjani, who suffered a heart attack yesterday and died at the age of 82.

Maziar Rezaei, a real estate agent, told The Associated Press: "I don't know who is going to fill his place. He kept Iran safe from hard-liners for so long."

Zahra Qorbani, a tailor, says she is worried about her children's future. She described the late leader as a "man who always tried to fix Iran's relations with neighbors and the world."

--PTI

First published: 9 January 2017, 13:16 IST
 
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