Mostafa Kavakebian

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Mostafa Kavakebian
Mostafa Kavakebian2.jpg
Leader of the Democracy Party
Assumed office
5 March 2000
Preceded by Party created
Member of Parliament of Iran
In office
3 May 2004 – 27 May 2012
Preceded by Hadi Doust-Mohammadi
Succeeded by Alireza Khosravi
Constituency Semnan & Mehdishahr
Parliamentary Chairman of Reformist Alliance
In office
4 May 2011 – 27 May 2012
Preceded by Reza Tabesh
Succeeded by Masoud Pezeshkian
Personal details
Born (1963-03-18) 18 March 1963 (age 51)
Semnan, Iran
Political party Democracy Party
Alma mater Imam Sadegh University
Religion Islam

Mostafa Kavakebian (Persian:مصطفی کواکبیان born on 18 March 1963) is an Iranian reformist politician and former representative of Semnan and Mehdishahr at Parliament of Iran.

Early life[edit]

Kavakebian was born in Semnan on 18 March 1963. He lived in Semnan until the end of his high school term. In 1982, he entered the Imam Sadegh University for undergraduate study in political science. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the Tarbiat Modarres University.


Kavakebian is a leader of Democracy Party as a reformist party that he founded in 2000.[1] He was the leader of the Popular Reformist Coalition that to running on 2004 and 2008 legislative election. He was a member of reformist faction in the Parliament.[2] He founded Popular Coalition of Supporters of Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Before he founded his party, he was the deputy leader of the Unity Party. He is also the editor-in-chief of Mardomsalari newspaper.[1] He was seeking to keep his seat in the 2012 election as leader of the Democratic Coalition of Reformists, but was not elected.[3]

On 25 January 2013, Kavakebian was nominated as a candidate for the presidential elections which took place in June 2013 by his party.[1]

On 25 April 2013, he held a press-conference in Qom, and expressed his own comments about the coming presidential election.[4] He was registered for the election but his bid was rejected by Guardian Council.[5] He later supported Mohammad-Reza Aref in the election.


  1. ^ a b c "Iran reformist party nominates candidate for presidential poll". Montreal Institute. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Tajik, Mahdi (4 July 2008). "Reformers need unity to be effective in parliament". Iran Times International. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Right can't get its act together for elections". Iran Times International. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mostafa Kavakebian Talks about Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election". Tehran Chronicle. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Bahmani, Arash (22 May 2013). "The Arbiter of State Expediency is Disqualified". Rooz. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Leader of Democracy Party
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Reza Tabesh
Parliamentary Chairman of Reformist Alliance
Succeeded by
Masoud Pezeshkian
Political offices
Preceded by
Hadi Doust-Mohammadi
Member of Parliament of Iran
Succeeded by
Alireza Khosravi