Ahmad Tavakkoli

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Ahmad Tavakkoli
احمد توکلی
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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
Head of Relief Foundation
In office
19 December 1979 – 12 November 1981
Preceded by Habibollah Asgaroladi
Succeeded by Mehdi Karoubi
Member of the Parliament of Iran
Assumed office
3 May 2004
Constituency Tehran
In office
4 May 1980 – 12 November 1981
Constituency Behshahr
Personal details
Born March 1951 (age 64)
Behshahr, Iran
Political party Islamic Coalition Party
Residence Tehran, Iran
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Religion Twelver Shi'a Islam
Website Official website

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


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]


  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.