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The last president to have a real impact on policy was Rafsanjani (1989 to 1997).
Then, Moussavi was prime minister, Ali Khamenei was president and Rafsanjani commanded the Revolutionary Guards.
Rafsanjani, who is still politically active, played an important part.
“We do not need people in prison for [demonstrating],” Rafsanjani said.
Nevertheless, it is no exaggeration to say that whither Rafsanjani goes, so goes the future of Iran.