associate sponsors

Havells
HDFC

Iranian dissident, former foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi dies of cancer at 85

Tehran: Iran's official IRNA news agency says one of the country's most influential dissident politicians who once served as foreign minister, Ebrahim Yazdi, has died. He was 85.

File image of Iran's former foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi. AP

File image of Iran's former foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi. AP

Monday's report says Yazdi died in Izmir, Turkey, due to complications from cancer. He was a close ally of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Yazdi's party, the Freedom Movement of Iran, was part of the revolution but later turned against the clerics as they consolidated power and crushed dissent. He was purged from office in early 1980s; he served as foreign minister in 1979 and a lawmaker until 1983.

He was frequently sentenced to prison over security charges. He supported moderate president Hassan Rouhani.

Yazdi was in Izmir for medical treatment after being denied a US visa.


Updated Date: Aug 28, 2017 14:19 PM

Also Watch

Firstpost in Russia: Moscow to St. Petersburg, on a free World Cup train
  • Monday, July 2, 2018 Social Media Star: Richa Chadha, Kunal Kamra talk about their political views, and why they speak their mind
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 It's A Wrap: Swara Bhasker talks about Veere Di Wedding and Twitter trolls, in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Rahul Gandhi turns 48: Congress chief, who once said 'power is poison', should focus on party rather than on 'hate Modi' mission
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 It's A Wrap: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero makers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane in conversation with Parul Sharma

Also See