Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani

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Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani
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Rahchamani in 2018
Head of State Welfare Organization
In office
20 September 2001 – 5 September 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byGholamreza Ansari
Succeeded byAbulhassan Faghih
Member of the Parliament
In office
28 May 1984 – 28 May 2000
ConstituencySabzevar
Majority94,867 (64.4%)
Personal details
Born(1952-12-01)1 December 1952
Sabzevar, Sabzevar County, Imperial State of Iran
Died9 March 2020(2020-03-09) (aged 67)
Tehran, Iran
Cause of deathCOVID-19
NationalityIranian
Political partyIslamic Association of Iranian Medical Society
Islamic Iran Solidarity Party
Alma materFerdowsi University of Mashhad

Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani (Persian: محمدرضا راه‌چمنی‎‎; 1 December 1952 – 9 March 2020) was an Iranian physician[1] and reformist politician. From 1984 to 2000, he represented Sabzevar in the Iranian Parliament.[1] During the early 2000s, he headed Iran's State Welfare Organization.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rahchamani was born in 1952 in Sabzevar and studied medicine.[1] There is no record of imprisonment for him before the Iranian Revolution, and he is not an Iran–Iraq War veteran.[1]

Career[edit]

A founding member of the Islamic Iran Solidarity Party,[1] from 1998 to 2002 he was the party's secretary-general and in 2006 became chairman of the central council.[3] He was also a founding member of the Islamic Association of Iranian Medical Society.[4]

In 2020, as the secretary-general of the National Unity and Cooperation Party, he defied the decision of mainstream reformists for not taking part in the 2020 Iranian legislative election, by announcing a coalition of twelve reformist parties.[5]

Death[edit]

Rahchamani died at the age of 67 as a result of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 9 March 2020.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Boroujerdi, Mehrzad; Rahimkhani, Kourosh (2018). Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook. Syracuse University Press. p. 682. ISBN 9780815654322.
  2. ^ Dareini, Ali Akbar (11 July 2003), "Twins Return in Separate Coffins to Iran", The Associated Press, retrieved 14 February 2020
  3. ^ "Rah-Chamani elected Solidarity Party Central Council chairman", Tehran Times, 8 October 2006, retrieved 14 February 2020
  4. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. 30 July 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  5. ^ "With Most Reformists Barred, Iran's Parliamentary Elections Offer Little Choice", RFE/RL, 8 February 2020, retrieved 14 February 2020
  6. ^ "Former Iranian MP dies of coronavirus". Tehran Times. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Gholamreza Ansari
Head of State Welfare Organization
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Abolhassan Faqih
Party political offices
New title
Party founded
Secretary-General of Islamic Iran Solidarity Party
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh
Secretary-General of National Unity and Cooperation Party of Islamic Iran
2012–2020
Succeeded by
TBD