Ali Nikzad

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Ali Nikzad
Minister of Transportation and Housing
In office
27 June 2011 – 15 August 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Abbas Ahmad Akhondi
Minister of Housing and Urban Development
In office
9 August 2009 – 27 June 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Mohammad Saeedikia
Succeeded by Himself (Transportation and Housing)
Minister of Information and Communications Technology
Acting
In office
2 December 2012 – 2 March 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Reza Taghipour
Succeeded by Hassan Nami
Minister of Roads and Transportation
Acting
In office
7 February 2011 – 27 June 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Hamid Behbahani
Succeeded by Himself (Transportation and Housing)
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 52–53)
Ardabil, Iran
Nationality Iranian

Ali Nikzad (Persian: علی نیکزاد, born 1961) is an Iranian politician and academic and a former cabinet minister. He was part of the former president Ahmedinejad's close circle, called "Ardebil ring".[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Nikzad was born in 1961.[2] He holds a bachelor's degree in urban development from the University of Elm-va-san'at (Science and Industry).[2] Then he received his master's degree in public management from Industrial Management University.[2]

Career[edit]

Nikzad was appointed governor of Ardabil Province in 2005.[2] He then was the director of the municipalities organization at the ministry of interior until 2009.[2] He served as the minister of transportation and housing from August 2009 to June 2011. He was also acting minister of roads and transportation from February to June 2011.[3] As minister of housing, he replaced Mohammad Saeedikia after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected.[4]

On 7 February 2011, Nikzad was appointed by Ahmadinejad as acting minister of roads and transportation to succeed former dismissed Minister Hamid Behbahani. Nikzad was appointed minister of infrastructural affairs in May 2011 when the ministry was created, combining the two ministries of housing and urban development and road and transportation.[5] At the end of 2012, he was also appointed acting minister of communications and information technology. President Ahmedinejad proposed him as minister for the post in January 2013. However, he was not approved by the Majlis.[6]

He announced his candidacy for the 2013 presidential election.[7] However, he later declined his candidacy.[8] In June 2013, Nikzad was nominated as a candidate for Tehran mayor.[9] The "Viva Spring" group consisting of Ahmedinejad's allies could not win the local elections that was also held on 14 June 2013 as the presidential election.[10] Therefore, Nikzad's election as Tehran mayor became unlikely.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (Spring 2011). "All Ahmadinejad's Men". The Middle East Quarterly. XVIII (2): 79–84. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "A Brief Biography of Iran's New Ministers". Payvand. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iran-NDE - Central Intelligence Agency". Central Intelligence Agency. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "President Nominates Nikzad to Lead Iran's Housing Ministry". Shana. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "President introduces Ali Nikzad as head of new ministry to Majlis". Zawya (Tehran). 23 May 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iranian parliament disapproves Minister appointed by President". Avciya. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iran Election Watch 2013: Twenty four presidential candidates emerge". The International. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "چه کسی کاندیدای نهایی دولت خواهد بود؟". IUS News. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Censoring an Iranian Campaign Story". EA WorldView. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "End of Ahmadinejad's "Viva Spring"". Anadolu Agency (Tehran). 17 June 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Saeedikia
Minister of Housing
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Himself
Preceded by
Hamid Behbahani
Minister of Transportation
2011
Succeeded by
Himself
Preceded by
Himself
Minister of Transportation and Housing
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Abbas Ahmad Akhondi
Preceded by
Reza Taghipour
Minister of Information and Communications Technology
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Hassan Nami