Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
A selection of daily Iranian newspapers mainly fronted by an image of Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, are seen on May 12, 2013, in Tehran. Rafsanjani who registered for next month's presidential election, is disliked among regime hardliners for criticising the crackdown that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in 2009.
destined to serve the revolution until the last day of my life. I intend to play a historical political role, to stop the domination of extremism.
If I am convinced that in the current situation my presence in the election would be beneficial to our system and the Islamic revolution and would help to solve our problems, I will participate without any hesitationMore quotes »
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Ex-Iran President Seeks Comeback Against Odds
Hashemi Rafsanjani, center, registered to run for president last Saturday in Tehran. TEHRAN — There was a time when Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani seemed to have it all. A founder of the Islamic Revolution, he headed a family empire that owned the second biggest 5/17/13 from The New York Times Read more »
He would change Iran, but don’t hold out hope
woman passes a Rafsanjani campaign poster during the 2005 election (Photo AP) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s decision to register as a candidate for the June 14 presidential elections in Iran has created much excitement. But it is not worth holding out much hope 5/17/13 from The Jewish Chronicle Read more »
Iran's Rafsanjani draws conservative criticism
May 17 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential hopeful Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has a history of making "huge" political mistakes, a conservative rival candidate contends. The 12-member Guardian Council is vetting candidates from a list of about 600 hopefuls who submitted 5/17/13 from United Press International Read more »
Iran's Critical Election, Part I
sought in retaliation to postpone the election. Another candidate – who also might be declared ineligible – is Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president (1989-1997). Like Mashaei, Rafsanjani didn’t register as a would-be candidate until the very last 5/17/13 from The Nation Read more »
Iran may ban candidates who seek ties with US
since 1979. No high-profile candidate has suggested full restoration. But one candidate backed by reformists, ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, suggested better relations are possible. The final list of candidates will be announced Tuesday. Share article: from Mail.com Read more »