Hossein Marashi

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Hossein Marashi
Hossein Marashi 2017.jpg
Marashi in August 2017
Vice President of Iran
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
In office
4 May 2004 – 18 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Mohammad Beheshti
Succeeded by Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Member of Parliament
In office
28 May 1996 – 4 May 2004[1]
Constituency Kerman
Majority 141,781 (68.9%; 5th term)[2]
Chief of Staff of the President of Iran
In office
July 1994 – 28 May 1996
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Governor of Kerman Province
In office
3 November 1985[3] – July 1994
President Ali Khamenei
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Hamid Mirzadeh
Succeeded by Masoud Mohammadi
Personal details
Born (1958-11-17) 17 November 1958 (age 59)
Rafsanjan, Iran
Political party Executives of Construction
Relatives Effat Marashi (cousin)

Hossein Marashi (Persian: حسین مرعشی‎; born 17 November 1958 in Rafsanjan) is an Iranian politician. He served as the Iranian Vice President for Cultural Heritage and Tourism from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Marashi represented Kerman in the Iranian parliament. He strongly backed opposition candidate Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian election.[4] Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, another former president.[5] He has been speaker of the Executives of Construction Party. He has been named the head of vice president Eshaq Jahangiris campaign

He was the head of the province of Kerman for nearly nine years. He founded a charity by the name of Kerman Molal-Movahedin Non-Profit Institute, which owns Mahan Air, an Iranian airline. In 2011, the charity was involved in a scandal when it was accused of buying airplanes on behalf of Mahan Air. The airline had been facing sanctions by the United States Department of the Treasury for allegedly transporting weapons and advisors to troubled areas such as Syria and Yemen. The claim that firm had any connection with these political actives was denied by members of its board, and Marashi himself.[6][7]

As the head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, Marashi increased the budget of the organization. However, some of Marashi's opponents believe that he was responsible for the disappearance of invaluable historical pieces, and the destruction of historical buildings. These opponents claim that despite public pressure, he never took any action to stop the destruction of historical artifacts.[citation needed] Marashi supported the construction of the controversial Sivand Dam in the territory of Pasargadae The dam was constructed in proximity to the ancient city, and experts believe that if the dam burst, it could destroy several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[8]

On March 19, 2010 it was announced that Marashi had been jailed by the Iran, when a court of appeals upheld his one-year prison term. He was released from prison earlier than that, on January 25, 2011.[9]

Marashi is a cousin of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's wife, Effat Marashi.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Unknown
Chief of Staff of the President of Iran
1989–1997
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Mohammad Beheshti
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Party political offices
New title
Party established
Deputy Secretary-General of Executives of Construction Party
1996–2014
Succeeded by
Saeed Laylaz
New title
Party established
Spokesperson of Executives of Construction Party
1996–present
Incumbent