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Iran’s former first vice president laid to rest
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(104).jpgTEHRAN – Hassan Ebrahim Habibi, who served as Iran’s first vice president from 1989 to 2001, was laid to rest on Thursday at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the Founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  
 
Habibi, a member of the Expediency Council, died at the age of 76 in Tehran on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a message on Thursday offering condolences over the death of Habibi, who was among the main architects of the first draft of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution. 
 
In his message, the Leader hailed Habibi’s services to the Islamic system and prayed for his soul. 
 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and a number of other officials also issued messages of condolence over the death of the member of the High Council of Cultural Revolution. 
 
Habibi, who had a Ph.D. in law and sociology, had served as minister of justice before his vice presidency. 
 
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