Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili

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Sayyid Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili
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Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili
Chief Justice of Iran
Head of Supreme Court of Iran
In office
28 June 1981 – 15 August 1989
Appointed byRuhollah Khomeini
Preceded byMohammad Beheshti
Succeeded byMohammad Yazdi
Attorney-General of Iran
In office
23 February 1980 – 28 June 1981
Appointed byRuhollah Khomeini
Preceded byFathollah Banisadr
Succeeded byMohammad-Mehdi Rabbani Amlashi
Member of the Assembly of Experts
In office
15 August 1983 – 1 December 1991
ConstituencyTehran Province
Personal details
Born(1926-01-28)28 January 1926
Ardabil, Iran
Died23 November 2016(2016-11-23) (aged 90)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyAssembly of Qom Seminary Scholars and Researchers
Other political
Islamic Republican Party
Alma materQom Seminary
WebsiteOfficial website

Sayyid Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili (Persian: عبدالکریم موسوی اردبیلی‎, 28 January 1926 – 23 November 2016) was an Iranian reformist politician and Twelver shi'a marja.

Political career[edit]

Ardebili was a supporter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and was a friend of his. He made speeches in support of Khomeini in the 1970s. After the Iranian Revolution, he became a founding member of the Islamic Republican party that was founded in 1979.[1] Khomeini appointed him as chief of justice in 1981 after the impeachment of President Abulhassan Banisadr. As chief justice, he served as member of the temporary council of the Presidency, along with the Prime Minister and Speaker, carrying out the duties of the president for up to two months.[2]


  1. ^ Asayesh, Hossein; Adlina Ab. Halim; Jayum A. Jawan; Seyedeh Nosrat Shojaei (March 2011). "Political Party in Islamic Republic of Iran: A Review". Journal of Politics and Law. 4 (1). Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  2. ^ Ramazani, Rouhollah K. (Spring 1980). "Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran". Middle East Journal. Middle East Institute. 34 (2): 181–204. JSTOR 4326018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Beheshti
Head of Judiciary System of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohammad Yazdi