Mohammad Tavasoli

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Mohammad Tavasoli
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Mayor of Tehran
In office
Preceded by Javad Shahrestani
Succeeded by Reza Zavarei
Personal details
Born (1938-01-01) 1 January 1938 (age 79)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Freedom Movement
Religion Islam

Mohammad Tavasoli (Persian: محمد توسلی‎‎, born 1 January 1938)[citation needed] is an Iranian democracy activist and politician. He is the director of the political office of the Freedom Movement.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tavasoli studied at Tehran University in 1956 and was one of the members of Anjoman-e Eslami. He joined the freedom movement soon after it was established. He went to Germany in 1962 to study transportation and traffic. After visiting the United States in 1967, he was returned to Iran and banned from traveling. He was arrested in 1971 because he helped a member of MEK and was jailed for one year. Before the Iranian Revolution, he was one the staff responsible for the advertising campaign rally to welcome Ruhollah Khomeini back to Iran after 15 years.

Political career[edit]

After the Iranian Revolution, he was elected as Mayor of Tehran. He was mayor from February 1979 until February 1980. He was jailed with Hashem Sabbaghian in 1983 but was released seven months later. He was jailed again after the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests after participating in a rally in June 2009.[2] He was elected as the new leader of the Nationalist-Religious Coalition on 11 June 2011 after the previous leader, Ezatollah Sahabi, died on 31 May 2011.


  1. ^ Daniel Nasaw and Matthew Weaver (18 June 2009). "Iran protests: live". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  2. ^ بازداشت توسلی، انتقام از آزادی است [Tavassoli custody, revenge of freedom] (in Arabic). 28 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Javad Shahrestani
Mayor of Tehran
Succeeded by
Reza Zavarei