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Hashemi Rafsanjani, an ally of Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iranian Revolution, served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997 before his defeat by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Born in Iran in 1934, Hashemi Rafsanjani became allied with Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and later served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. He was defeated in a 2005 bid for re-election by conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, of whom Rafsanjani was a vocal critic.
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