A huge crowd of Iranian people, high-ranking authorities, and celebrities attended the funeral ceremony of prominent cleric, former president, and chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Tuesday.

The funeral service of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani began in the University of Tehran, where Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei performed the ritual ‘prayer for the deceased’ (Salat al-Mayyit) for Rafsanjani.

Nearly all top Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani attended the event, Tasnim reported.

A funeral procession was also held in the streets of Tehran after the prayers. Ayatollah Rafsanjani was then laid to rest at the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini south of Tehran.

The iconic cleric died at the age of 82 on Sunday. The cabinet has declared three days of national mourning and announced Tuesday as a public holiday.

Here are photos of Iranian people and officials attending the ceremony:

 

 

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