Hossein Marashi

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Hossein Marashi
حسین مرعشی
Deputy Leader of Executives of Construction
Incumbent
Assumed office
4 May 2011
Leader Mohammad-Ali Najafi
Preceded by Mohammad Hashemi
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
In office
2 June 2003 – 4 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Mohammad Beheshti
Succeeded by Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Chief of Staff of the President of Iran
In office
2 September 1989 – 20 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Hamid Sepehri
Succeeded by Mohammad-Ali Abtahi
Personal details
Born (1958-11-17) 17 November 1958 (age 56)
Rafsanjan, Iran
Political party Executives of Construction
Religion Shia Islam

Hossein Marashi ( حسین مرعشی; born 17 November 1958 in Rafsanjan) is an Iranian politician who was the Iranian Vice President for Cultural Heritage and Tourism. Prior to that, Marashi represented Kerman in the Iranian parliament. He strongly backed opposition candidate Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian election.[1] Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, another former president.[2] He is Deputy Leader of Executives of Construction Party since 4 May 2011.

He was the head of kerman province for near 9 years . the greatest work that he has done at that time, founding ‘ movlalmovahedin charity’ was. Big companies like Mahan Air or Kerman Khodro belong to This charity.

As the head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, Marashi increased the budget of the organization. But at the same time, some of Marashi's opposers believe that the disappearance of some invaluable historical pieces and destruction of some historical building happened during his responsibility, and they claim that despite public pressure, he never took any action to stop the trend. Marashi supported the construction of Sivand Dam in the territory of Pasargad.

On 19 March 2010 it was announced Marashi had been jailed by the Iran after a court of appeals held up his one year prison term but he was released in 25 January 2011.[3]

Marashi is cousin of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's wife.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm
  2. ^ BBC Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president.
  3. ^ Marashi Jailed BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hamid Sepehri
Chief of Staff of the President of Iran
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Ali Abtahi
Preceded by
Mohammad Beheshti
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani
Deputy leader of Executives of Construction Party
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent