Ahmad Tavakkoli

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Ahmad Tavakkoli
احمد توکلی
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President of the Majlis Research Center
In office
1 June 2007 – 2 June 2012
Preceded by Emad Afroogh
Succeeded by Kazem Jalali
Minister of Labour
In office
12 November 1981 – 1 November 1985
President Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Mir-Mohammad Sadeqi
Succeeded by Abolqasem Sarhadizadeh
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 2004 – 28 May 2016
Constituency Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Majority 776,979
In office
28 May 1980 – 12 November 1981
Constituency Behshahr
Majority 28,850
Personal details
Born (1951-03-05) March 5, 1951 (age 65)
Behshahr, Iran
Political party Islamic Coalition Party
Children 7
Residence Tehran, Iran
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Religion Twelver Shi'a Islam
Website Official website

Ahmad Tavakkoli (Persian: احمد توکلی‎‎) (born 5 March 1951) is an Iranian conservative politician and the former representative of Tehran in the Iranian parliament and the director of Majlis Research Center.

Career[edit]

Tavakkoli was the minister of labour under Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a parliament representative from Behshahr, and a presidential candidate in two of the presidential elections in Iran (running against Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami).[1]

Tavakkoli temporarily left politics after the leftists oppositions forced him out of the ministry of labour. He founded Resalat, a conservative newspaper, and later left Iran to study economics in the UK, where he received his PhD.

Views and personal life[edit]

Tavakkoli is a critic of a capitalist economy, and backs the government's role in controlling the economy. He is a cousin of the Larijani brothers, including Ali Larijani and Mohammad Javad Larijani.

Tavakkoli is also one of the fierce critics of the President Ahmadinejad.[2] On 2 March 2011, the PBS' Tehran Bureau reported that Tavakkoli criticized President for mentioning only Iran and not Islam in recent speeches.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes  % Rank Notes
1980[a] Parliament 28,850 50.2 1st Won[4]
1993 President 3,972,201 24.3 2nd Lost
2000[b] Parliament 382,867 13.06 51st Lost[5]
2001 President Increase 4,393,544 Decrease 15.6 2nd Lost
2004[b] Parliament Increase 776,979 Increase 39.40 2nd Won[6]
2008[b] Parliament Decrease 568,459 Increase 32.65 4th Won[7]
2012[b] Parliament Round 1 Decrease 481,012 Decrease 22.69 7th Went to Round 2[8]
Parliament Round 2 Decrease 404,595 Increase 35.91 3rd Won[9]
2016[b] Parliament Increase 862,723 Decrease 26.56 34th Lost[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muir, Jim (1 June 2001). "Iran election: People and policies". BBC (Tehran). Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Sohrabi, Naghmeh (July 2011). "The Power Struggle in Iran: A Centrist Comeback?" (PDF). Middle East Brief (53). 
  3. ^ "Iran gets some diplomatic heat over opposition leader arrests". Press Roundup 3 February 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Getting to Know the Representatives in the Majles" (PDF), Iranian Parliament (The Iran Social Science Data Portal), p. 39 
  5. ^ آگهی نتیجه انتخابات ششمین دوره مجلس شورای اسلامی در حوزه انتخابیه تهران، ری، شمیرانات و اسلامشهر (in Persian), archived from the original on 9 June 2011 
  6. ^ "آراء نهايي انتخابات مجلس هفتم در حوزه تهران اعلام شد از مجموع 3438 صندوق 1971748 برگ راي به دست آمد", Iranian Students' News Agency (in Persian), 27 February 2004, retrieved 10 February 2016 
  7. ^ "نتيجه قطعي انتخابات تهران اعلام شد", Fars News Agency (in Persian), 17 March 2008, retrieved 10 February 2016 
  8. ^ "۵۲۷ کاندیدای تهران در انتخابات ۱۲ اسفند چقدر رای آوردند؟", Khabaronline (in Persian), 18 March 2012, retrieved 10 February 2016 
  9. ^ نتایج نهایی و رسمی مرحله دوم انتخابات تهران + گرایش سیاسی. Asr Iran (in Persian). 16 May 2012. 212705. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "ریز آمار نتایج 1021 کاندیدای نمایندگی مجلس در تهران + فیلم مرور روز انتخابات", Iranian Students' News Agency (in Persian), 27 February 2016, retrieved 27 February 2016 

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