Critics line up against Iran's Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, May 15 (UPI) -- The political record of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani should be examined given his last-minute bid for president, his critics said.

Iran: 'The Shark' challenges regime in poll

TEHRAN, May 13 (UPI) -- The last-minute entry of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani into June's Iranian elections poses a major challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rafsanjani throws curve into Iranian elections

TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) -- The front-runners for the upcoming Iranian presidential election include a former president and a top aide to the current leader, election officials said.

Is Iran widening its shadow war with West?

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 (UPI) -- Cases in Kenya and Nigeria suggests Iran is using Africa as a new front is it's clandestine war against the United States and Israel.

Daughter of Iran's Rafsanjani freed

TEHRAN, March 20 (UPI) -- The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was released from prison after serving a six-month term, her lawyer said.

Queue grows for Iranian president

TEHRAN, March 18 (UPI) -- Former Iranian Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedikia said Monday he was competing for the presidency.

Rafsanjani backs away from Friday sermon

TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani declined to deliver this week's Friday prayers out of fear of backlash as the opposition movement appears to wane.

Rafsanjani to deliver Friday prayers

TEHRAN, July 13 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani is slated to deliver Friday prayers this week for the first time since the disputed June 12 elections.

Power struggle said ongoing in Iran

TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- A power struggle is taking place between Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, analysts say.

Rafsanjani to sue Ahmadinejad for slander

TEHRAN, June 5 (UPI) -- The family of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced Friday it will sue President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for slander.

Iran friend to Arabs, Rafsanjani says

TEHRAN, March 11 (UPI) -- Arab leaders have made unwelcome gestures toward Iran, which has been a staunch supporter of its Arab neighbors, a former president said.

Rafsanjani re-elected to his post

TEHRAN, March 10 (UPI) -- As the presidential race takes shape, Iranian officials Tuesday re-elected former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as Chairman of the Assembly of Experts.

Rafsanjani offers assistance to Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 3 (UPI) -- Iran is ready to assist Iraq on a variety of measures in hopes of stabilizing the security situation in the country, the former Iranian president said.

Rafsanjani: Iran ultimatums won't work

TEHRAN, July 26 (UPI) -- Iran will not accept any ultimatums or deadlines from the West regarding its nuclear program, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said.

Argentina issues warrant for Rafsanjani

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Argentina has issued an arrest warrant for a former Iranian leader for his alleged involvement in the 1994 Jewish community center bombing.
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Hashemi Rafsanjani
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, meets with Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 2, 2009. Rafsanjani is in Baghdad to begin talks with political and religious leaders. (UPI Photo/Iraqi Government Handout)

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (Persian: علی اکبر هاشمی رفسنجانی Ali Akbar Hāshemī Rafsanjānī, Hashemi Bahramani (هاشمی بهرمانی); born February 15, 1934) is an influential Iranian politician, writer and former president. Currently he holds the position of Chairman of the Assembly of Experts (a deliberative body of Mujtahids that is charged with electing, monitoring, and dismissing the Supreme Leader of Iran) and Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council of Iran (an unelected administrative assembly that resolves legislative conflicts between the Majlis (Parliament) and the Council of Guardians).

Rafsanjani served as President of Iran from 1989 to 1997. In 2005 he ran for a third term in office, placing first in the first round of elections but ultimately losing to rival Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the run-off round of the 2005 election. He was also elected as the Chairman of Iranian parliament in 1980 and served till 1989. In 1980, Rafsanjani survived an assassination attempt, during which he was seriously injured.

Rafsanjani has been described as a centrist and a "pragmatic conservative". He supports a free market position domestically, favoring privatization of state-owned industries, and a moderate position internationally, seeking to avoid conflict with the United States and the West.

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