Morteza Alviri

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Morteza Alviri
51st Mayor of Tehran
In office
September, 1998 – September, 2002
Personal details
Born (1948-11-23) 23 November 1948 (age 66)
Tehran, Iran
Alma mater Sharif University
Religion Shia Islam

Morteza Alviri (Persian: مرتضی الویری‎) (born 1948), is an Iranian politician who served as Mayor of Tehran from 1999 until 2002.


He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and has a Master's in Management from the State Management Training Center.[1]


During the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi he was imprisoned for activities with the Fallah organisation.[2]

After the Iranian Revolution he served on the central council of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. He was affiliated with the leftist Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization, and was elected an MP in the Majlis of Iran in 1980 and 1988. He was a close associate of then-speaker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Alviri was a supporter of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who was dismissed as Ayatollah Khomeini's deputy in 1988, and as a result Alviri was prevented from running in the 1992 Majlis elections. Since then he moved from leftist to economically liberal views, and has served in various governmental positions including the Supreme National Security Council's economic committee, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the Ministry of Mines and Metals and was secretary of the Supreme Council for Free Trade Zones during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He was unanimously selected as the Mayor of Tehran on June 1999 by the fifteen Tehran City Councillors following the imprisonment of the serving mayor, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, on corruption charges. He is associated with Rafsanjani's Executives of Construction Party.[3]

In February 2002 he resigned as Mayor, accused of mismanagement by Ebrahim Asgharzadeh. In June 2003 he was appointed as Iran's ambassador to Spain. [4][5]


Mr. Alviri, Karrobi's representative to a committee tasked with investigating post-election crimes, was taken into custody by armed intelligence agents on 8 September 2009.[6][7]


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