The first president of Iran, Abolhasán Banisadr, He died after “a long illness” at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, where he had lived in exile since 1981.
“After a long illness, Abolhasán Banisadr died on Saturday in the hospital” in Pitié-Salpêtrière, reported the official Iranian news agency IRNA, citing a source close to the former head of state, who died at the age of 88.
Banisadr was the first president of the Republic of Iran after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Close friend of Ayatollah Ruholah Khomeini, he was elected to the position in 1980, a position from which he challenged the powerful Shiite clergy who took over the reins of the Revolution.
The result was the beginning of an impeachment process in Parliament that culminated just 17 months after his inauguration. Finally he fled the country for fear of reprisals.
Since May 1984 he lived in Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris, with permanent protection. Previously he lived in Auvers-sur-Oise and Cachan, also near Paris.