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|Deputy Speaker of Parliament|
September 3, 2000 – September 3, 2004
|Preceded by||Hassan Rowhani|
|Succeeded by||Mohammad-Reza Bahonar|
|Secretary-General of Islamic Iran Participation Front|
|Succeeded by||Mohsen Mirdamadi|
|Political party||Islamic Iran Participation Front|
|Alma mater||Tehran University|
Early life and education
Khatami was born in Ardakan, Iran, in 1959. He is younger brother of former president Mohammad Khatami. Khatami is educated in medicine and before entering politics, he was a practicing nephrologist (kidney specialist) for a number of years. He is a faculty member of Tehran University of Medical sciences.
Khatami was the first Secretary-General of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the largest Iranian reformist party. He is now a member of the central council of the party. He is also the former deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament. He entered politics in 1997 after his brother's victory and was appointed deputy minister of health.
He was elected in March 2000 for the sixth term of the Islamic Republic's parliament's election as the first representative of Tehran with 1,794,365 votes from the people of Tehran. He has also acted as the manager in charge of the now-banned reformist daily Mosharekat. Sometimes described as "ultraliberal" in his views, he was "disqualified from running for any office by the Guardian Council."
In 1983, Khatami married Zahra Eshraghi, granddaughter of Ruhollah Khomeini (founder of the Islamic republic), and an activist in women's rights. They have two children — a daughter, Fatemeh, who at the moment studying at a university in London, and a son, Ali.
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- Bar, Shmuel (2004). "Iranian Defense Doctrine and Decision Making". Institute for Policy and Strategy. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
|Party political offices|
|Secretary-General of Islamic Iran Participation Front
|Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Iran
|Vice-Minister of Health and Medical Education
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