Iran’s first president after the 1979 Islamic revolution, Abolhassan Banisadr, died in a Paris hospital on Saturday aged 88, the official news agency IRNA said.
“After a long illness, Abolhassan Banisadr died on Saturday at the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in southeast Paris, IRNA reported, citing a source close to the former president.
Here are key dates in the life of Banisadr, who served 17 months as post-shah Iran's president followed by four decades of exile in Paris where he died Saturday.
- March 22, 1933:
Born in a village near Hamadan, western Iran
Activist in the National Front of Mohammad Mossadegh, prime minister in the 1950s and architect of the nationalisation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company
Exiled to Paris
- February 1, 1979:
Flies back to Tehran with fellow exile Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the shah fled
- January 26, 1980:
Elected first president of the Islamic republic
- June 21, 1981:
Ousted by parliament on charge of "political incompetence"
- July 29. 1981:
Secretly flees Iran and secures political asylum in France, where he lives under police protection
- August 1981:
co-founds the National Council of Resistance of Iran with the People's Mujahedin's leader Massoud Rajavi
- April 1984:
Quits the NCRI and breaks with Rajavi
- October 9, 2021:
Dies at the age of 88 in a Paris hospital
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