|Minister of Labour|
12 November 1981 – 1 November 1985
|Prime Minister||Mir-Hossein Mousavi|
|Preceded by||Mir-Mohammad Sadeqi|
|Succeeded by||Abolqasem Sarhadizadeh|
|Head of Relief Foundation|
19 December 1979 – 12 November 1981
|Preceded by||Habibollah Asgaroladi|
|Succeeded by||Mehdi Karoubi|
|Member of the Parliament of Iran|
3 May 2004
4 May 1980 – 12 November 1981
|Born||March 1951 (age 64)
|Political party||Islamic Coalition Party|
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
|Religion||Twelver Shi'a Islam|
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).
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
Tavakkoli is also one of the fierce critics of the President Ahmadinejad. On 2 March 2011, the PBS' Tehran Bureau reported that Tavakkoli criticized President for mentioning only Iran and not Islam in recent speeches.
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