Rare show of dissent in Iran as millions mourn ex-president Rafsanjani

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Islamic revolutionary who led war with Iraq but pushed for reconciliation with the west is buried in Tehran

The funeral of Iran’s former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has turned into a rare display of public dissent as at least 2 million people packed the streets of Tehran to pay tribute to a man whose death has shaken the country’s political balance.

In what was thought to be the biggest crowd honouring a politician since the death in 1989 of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranians from across the political spectrum attended the funeral.

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