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June 22, 1989
The Soviet Union and Iran signed wide-ranging agreements to boost economic cooperation to the year 2000. The pacts were sealed during a landmark visit to Moscow by Hashemi Rafsanjani, Speaker of Iran's Parliament. The chief of the Soviet armed forces indicated earlier that Soviet arms sales to Iran are being considered, but Gen. Mikhail A. Moiseyev said the decision will be made by political leaders, not military men. The accords cover commercial, economic, scientific and technological cooperation in a number of fields, including nuclear energy.
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May 22, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday denounced as unjust the supervisory electoral body's disqualification of his top aide from next month's presidential poll and said he plans to appeal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad spoke a day after the powerful Guardian Council, which vets candidates, barred the outgoing president's confidant, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, and former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the nation's most illustrious political figures, from the June 14 election.
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February 5, 1991
WHO: President of Iran, who has offered to broker a peace settlement between Iraq and Gulf allies. AGE: 56 BACKGROUND: A stalwart of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, he was elected president July, 1989. Has urged Muslim hard-liners to soften their stance to help economic reform. QUOTE: "For the sake of the peace and security of the region and its people, I am ready to see Saddam."
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May 21, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - In a highly anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran's supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified two high-profile candidates from next month's presidential race after both were assailed as disloyal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The powerful Guardian Council, composed of senior clerics and jurists, gave no reason for barring the would-be candidates, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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May 10, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supporters of President Hashemi Rafsanjani were headed for a landslide victory over radical rivals in runoff parliamentary elections, a newspaper said. With more than a third of the ballots in Tehran counted, pro-Rafsanjani candidates were set to win all the capital's 28 seats contested in the runoff, an official at Resalat newspaper said. Nearly half of the 270 seats in the Parliament were to be decided in the runoffs.
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June 7, 1988 | Associated Press
Hashemi Rafsanjani was reelected Speaker of Iran's Parliament today, consolidating his hold on political and military power. Rafsanjani's reelection came five days after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini named him commander-in-chief of the armed forces in the wake of two major battlefield defeats in the war against Iraq.
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June 13, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hashemi Rafsanjani won a second four-year term as president with a low-turnout vote that underlined the waning popularity of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution. Final results gave the 58-year-old cleric 63.2% of the vote compared with 94.5% in the 1989 elections. In a still more disappointing result for Iran's Islamic leaders, only 57.6% of the 29 million eligible voters went to the polls despite their appeals for a massive turnout as an act of confidence in the revolution.
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June 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Hashemi Rafsanjani urged the United States to press Israel and Kuwait to release Muslim prisoners in exchange for help in gaining freedom for Western hostages in Lebanon. Iran and the pro-Iranian captors have often demanded that Israel free about 350 Muslim prisoners. But it was the first time in months that an Iranian leader referred to 15 Shiite Muslims jailed in Kuwait since 1984 for fatal car bombings.
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May 11, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - The run-up to Iran's June presidential election took a dramatic turn Saturday with last-minute candidacy announcements by two controversial political figures: former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, top aide to outgoing incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the final moments before the five-day registration period expired, Rafsanjani and Mashaei arrived via separate entrances at the Interior Ministry, where all would-be candidates were required to sign up by 6 p.m. Saturday.
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March 9, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
The Iranian opposition's most powerful sympathizer lost his post Tuesday as chief of an important clerical council that oversees the country's supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, was defeated in his bid to continue as head of the Assembly of Experts in what is widely considered a victory for his conservative rivals, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, described as a more traditional conservative cleric, became leader of the clerical body, getting 63 of 86 votes.
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July 18, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
A sermon by powerful cleric and opposition supporter Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani reignited Iran's simmering protest movement Friday, heartening thousands of supporters who braved tear gas and club-wielding militiamen to march and chant slogans across Tehran. In a highly anticipated speech, Rafsanjani slammed the hard-line camp supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, criticized the June 12 election results and promoted several key opposition demands.
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July 7, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
A day after commanders of the Revolutionary Guard warned there was no middle ground in the dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the political party of one of Iran's most powerful clerics Monday defiantly issued a statement dismissing the vote. The statement by the Kargozaran party all but cleared away weeks of ambiguity about the stance of the cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
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June 22, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim
The power struggle inside Iran's political class appeared to be intensifying, with reformist and conservative leaders exchanging sharp statements Sunday that blamed each other for last week's deadly street violence, while authorities arrested five family members of one of the nation's most prominent politicians. The divide between Iran's senior clerics over the direction of the country took on a harsh public tone on a day when an uneasy calm settled over the streets of Tehran.
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April 7, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
The U.S. government is pursuing a high-stakes gambit to improve relations with Iran, with President Obama delivering a conciliatory speech last month and later dispatching deputies to two international conferences in an attempt to find common ground with Iranians in attendance. Still, many are doubtful that the diplomatic outreach will resolve 30 years of differences between Tehran and Washington.
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January 31, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim
A powerful Iranian cleric Friday warned President Obama to stay away from the harsh rhetoric of the Bush administration in dealing with the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former Iranian president now head of two important religious councils, told thousands gathered for a weekly sermon before prayers in Tehran that Iran was listening closely for signs of change from Washington. "We are still waiting for the new U.S.
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September 5, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Jeffrey Fleishman, Special to The Times
Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani rose to a key religious post Tuesday in a move that moderates considered a victory at a time Tehran is facing both international pressure over its nuclear ambitions and U.S. threats to brand its legendary Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Rafsanjani, widely regarded as a pragmatist, was elected to head the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that selects the nation's supreme religious leader.
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