1256 GMT August 19, 2017
The memorial service, which was held at Imam Khomeini Husseiniyeh, was attended by the bereaved family members of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani, and other government and military officials, Press TV reported.
The event was also attended by Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari, leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim as well as a number of other foreign dignitaries.
The iconic figure on Iran's political scene, hailed as the Leader’s “longtime companion, fellow fighter on the path of Islamic Revolution, and close colleague following the establishment of the Islamic Republic,” died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
He was laid to rest at the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in southern Tehran following a massive funeral procession on Tuesday.
More than 2.5 million mourners from all walks of life and across the political spectrum turned out to say farewell to the veteran politician.
A defining force in the 1979 victory of the Revolution, Ayatollah Rafsanjani was the first head of Iran’s post-revolution Parliament.
Having filled the position for less than a decade, he was elected president for two consecutive terms.
He was also the chairman of the State Expediency Council, a position he kept until his passing away.