Ali Motahari

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Ali Motahari
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Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Iran
Assumed office
31 May 2016
Preceded by Mohammad-Reza Bahonar
Member of the Parliament of Iran
Assumed office
28 May 2008
Constituency Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Majority 1,447,713 (44.58%)
Personal details
Born Ali Motahari
December 1957 or January 1958 (age 59)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party People's Voice Coalition
Other political
Principlists Pervasive Coalition (2008)
United Front of Principlists (2008)
List of Hope (2016)
Spouse(s) Narges Ansari (m. 1982)[1]
Relations Ali Larijani (brother-in-law)
Children Morteza, Reza, Leila, Zahra
Parents Morteza Motahari
Azam "Aliyeh" Rouhani
Alma mater University of Tehran
Occupation Politician
Profession University professor

Ali Motahari (Persian: علی مطهری‎‎) is an Iranian conservative[2][3] politician who represents Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr electoral district in the Parliament of Iran since 2008 and is current Second Deputy of the Parliament of Iran serving since 2016.

Motahari is described as a politician with liberal conservative[4] and moderate conservative[5] tendencies and is the leader of the People's Voice Coalition.[6]

Motahari heads Sadra Publications and teaches at University of Tehran, where he gained a PhD in philosophy.[1]


Ali Motahari was born in Tehran. His father is noted Islamic scholar Morteza Motahari.

Motahari is a brother-in-law of current Majles Speaker Ali Larijani,[7] and a harsh critic of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[8] He criticized Ahmadinejad for his "self-centered" policies saying: "It is unprecedented and inappropriate that a president simply says I do not accept this law and will not execute it. This is a sign of despotism."[8] Motahari tried to summon Ahmadinejad to parliament to face questioning and possible impeachment. Though a conservative, he has been something of a maverick.

On 13 March 2015, Motahari was injured in an attack carried out by motorcycle thugs before giving a speech at Shiraz University.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes  % Rank Notes
2008 Parliament 571,071 32.80 3rd Won[10]
2012 Parliament Round 1 Decrease 455,303 Decrease 22.77 9th Went to Round 2[11]
Parliament Round 2 Decrease 380,653 Increase 33.79 4th Won[12]
2016 Parliament Increase 1,447,714 Increase 44.58 2nd Won[13]

Public image[edit]

According to a poll conducted in March 2016 by Information and Public Opinion Solutions LLC (iPOS) among Iranian citizens, Motahari has 36% approval and 15% disapproval ratings and thus a +21% net popularity; while 40% of responders don't know him.[14]


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  2. ^ Banafsheh Keynoush (2012), "Iran after Ahmadinejad", Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 54 (3): 127–146, doi:10.1080/00396338.2012.690988 
  3. ^ Ariabarzan Mohammadi (2014), The path dependent nature of factionalism in post-Khomeini Iran (Discussion Paper), Durham University, p. 26 
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  6. ^ Katayoun Kishi (February 24, 2016). "Iran's Election Coalitions". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ Bar, Zvi. "In election-season Iran, domestic politics trump fear of Israeli attack - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News". Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Ahmadinejad Files Suit Against Conservative MP". insideIRAN. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
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  10. ^ "نتيجه قطعي انتخابات تهران اعلام شد", Fars News Agency (in Persian), 17 March 2008, retrieved 10 February 2016 
  11. ^ "۵۲۷ کاندیدای تهران در انتخابات ۱۲ اسفند چقدر رای آوردند؟", Khabaronline (in Persian), 18 March 2012, retrieved 10 February 2016 
  12. ^ نتایج نهایی و رسمی مرحله دوم انتخابات تهران + گرایش سیاسی. Asr Iran (in Persian). 16 May 2012. 212705. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "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 
  14. ^ "ظریف محبوب‌ترین چهره سیاسی ایران". Information and Public Opinion Solutions LLC (in Persian). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 

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