He was one of the last pillars of that generation of leaders from Iran's 1979 revolution still in the high halls of power. The sudden death of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani could well tip the balance between hardliners and moderates who counted on Rafsanjani for support. We ask our panel about a man who wasn't afraid to publicly air his differences with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameinei and shrugged off the pressure of hardliners.
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