0647 GMT October 18, 2019
The mourning ceremony began on Wednesday morning at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds (Mosalla), where Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei performed the funeral prayer.
The heads of the three branches of Iran’s government, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani, were all present, Press TV reported.
After the ceremony in Tehran, the body of Ayatollah Shahroudi will be transferred to the city of Qom for burial ceremony at Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH) holy shrine.
Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning in honor of Ayatollah Shahroudi, who passed away at the age of 70 after months of battling illness on Monday.
During his lifetime, Ayatollah Shahroudi served in many crucial positions in the Islamic Republic. He was born in 1948 in the Iraqi city of Najaf, which has hosted many Muslim scholars.
He took the helm of the Expediency Council in 2017 to succeed the late Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Ayatollah Shahroudi also served as the head of Iran’s Judiciary for 10 years.
He also served in the capacity of the vice president of Iran’s Assembly of Experts.
He had been a member of the Guardian Council for years as well.