Death of Iran’s first president

Abul Hassan Banisdar, Iran’s first president since the Islamic Revolution, has died in a Paris hospital on Saturday. He was 6 years old. Iran’s state news agency IRNA said in a report.

A source close to Abul Hassan died at a hospital in southeastern Paris after a long illness, an IRNA report quoted him as saying.

Abul Hassan’s family also confirmed his death in a statement.

Abul Hassan was born on March 22, 1933, in a village near Hamadan in western Iran. He was a supporter of liberal Islam.

From the age of 18, he was an active member of the National Front of Iran, led by nationalist leader Mohammad Mossadegh.

Abul Hassan was elected Iran’s first president after the 1979 revolution. He later fled the country. He has lived in Versailles since 1984.