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In this Aug. 4, 2013, file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, wave, as they arrive for Rouhani's swearing-in ceremony at the parliament, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, that Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

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FILE -- In this March 8, 2016 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, left, who are members of the Assembly of Experts, attend an assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

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FILE -- In this March 2, 2012 file photo, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot for the parliamentary elections in front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, at a polling station in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/ISNA, Ruhollah Vahdati, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

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Associated Press Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (center) is flanked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), chief of the Expediency Council, and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Rafsanjani, who previously served as president of Iran and remains a political force, favors a more moderate approach to the West.

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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (center) is flanked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), chief of the Expediency Council, and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Rafsanjani, who previously served as president of Iran and remains a political force, favors a more moderate approach to the West. (Associated Press)

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Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani at a seasonal meeting of Iran's Experts Assembly in Tehran Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mr. Rafsanjani lost his position as the head of the Assembly, a powerful clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing Iran's supreme leader. (Associated Press)