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Inside Story - What does Rafsanjani's death mean for Iran? -
Published: 3 months ago By: Al Jazeera English

By: Al Jazeera EnglishPublished: 3 months ago

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been described as a pillar of the Islamic Revolution and a sheikh of moderation in Iran.

His death at the age of 82 raises questions about what direction the country is now likely to head.

Rafsanjani started out as a hardliner, serving as an aide to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 revolution.

But he moved to the centre, favouring better ties with the West, and believing Tehran should open up more to the world.

His passing leaves a void.

He was seen as a supporter of the reformist movement. Without him, it's believed some of the progress made may be lost.

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Seyed Hossein Mousavian - Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University

Sadegh Zibakalam - Professor of political science at the University of Tehran

Ellie Geranmayeh - Fellow who specializes in Iran at the European Council on Foreign Relations

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Rox anna
'Rox anna' 2 months ago
This is the beginning of end of political Islam. The youth of Islam whether Shia or Sunni are waking up to the fact that all the promises of Islam as a political force is a farce and realize a newdawn to join humanity instead of holding on to ideoligies that even as it's brightest time has not added any value to the Middle East and it's culture and existance. Time to join humanity, time to join the 21th century..Time to build new communities based on values of co-existance, respect to all regardless of race or religion or culture or tongue and respect values that we all share not our differences..
'TheReflexez' 2 months ago
when the Imam Khuomeni (may God sanctify his pure soul) gave verdict to execute death punishment of salman rashadi, when he had disgraced the Holy Prophet of Islam, Akbar Hashmi Rafsanjani came to Imam and said to him " please take back your verdict of death punishment of salman rashadi,
Imam Khuomeni: why ?
Rafsanjani : if you'll not take it back, you might going to pay a higher price for that ( pointing on Iran's relations with UK & West because Rashadi was a UK national)
Imam Khoumeni: What price that could be?
Rafsanjani: This price could be Iran itself.!
Imam Khoumeni : listen, we need Iran for Islam, if Islam or prophet of Islam's dignity is not protected then we dont need that kind of Iran.
Sipahe Tabarra
'Sipahe Tabarra' 2 months ago
Mar gaya Mardood
Na Fathea na Darod!!!...
The Wipits
'The Wipits' 3 months ago
It means that one less cancer if Iran is cured. One step closer to freeing Iran.
Abu ismail Al farsi
'Abu ismail Al farsi' 3 months ago
one Shia priest dead may the rest also die very soon
Ali Ghahreman
'Ali Ghahreman' 3 months ago
khamenei looks so happy jn this clip. no competition
Muhammad Faisal
'Muhammad Faisal' 3 months ago
What does destruction of Saudi and Qatar means ?
Ans : Relief from Extreamist Wahabism , Isis and Peace around world
Orkideh M
'Orkideh M' 3 months ago
He never was moderate. Cut down the bullshit.
'MF✯BOOM' 3 months ago
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