Association of Combatant Clerics
|General Secretary||Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha|
|Head of Council||Mohammad Khatami|
|Founded||March 16, 1988|
|Legalized||February 7, 1989|
|Split from||Combatant Clergy Association|
|National affiliation||Council for Coordinating the Reforms Front|
|Other affiliation||Coalition For Iran (2004)|
The Association of Combatant Clerics was founded in 1987 after abolition of the Islamic Republic Party, the last political party of that time. The association was originally radical, populist, rather than reformist in orientation, and favored a focus "on exporting the revolution and calling for the state's monopoly over the economy," rather than democracy and freedom of expression. As of 2007 it advocated limits on clerical power in Iranian politics and extending individual freedoms—though not to the extent that might "lead to secularism or liberalism."
After the resignation of Mehdi Karroubi from the post of secretary general, the party had no secretary general until late August 2005, when Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha was elected as the new secretary general. Former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami is the Chairman of the association's Central Council.
Central council members
28 members of the party's central council are:
- Mehdi Karroubi (former member)
- Sadegh Khalkhali (deceased)
- Hadi Ghaffari
- Rasoul Montajabnia
- Abdollah Nouri
- Mohammad-Reza Tavassoli
- Hassan Sane'i
- Mahmoud Doayi
- Ghodratollah Alikhani
- The party's name has been alternately translated Association of Militant Clergy, Assembly of Combatant Clerics, and Combatant Clerics League
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- Mr Khatami, the Chairman of the Central Council of Militant Clerics Society, from Mohammad Ali Abtahi's weblog (in Persian)
- Mousavi Khoiniha became the secretary general of the Militant Clerics Society, from BBC Persian
- First meeting notes of Militant Clerics Society, from Mohammad Ali Abtahi's Persian weblog
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