Morteza Alviri

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Morteza Alviri
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Chairman pro tem of City Council of Tehran[1]
Taking office
3 September 2017
Deputy Shahrbanoo Amani (designate)
Ahmad Masjed-Jamei (designate)
Succeeding Mehdi Chamran
Member-elect of City Council of Tehran
Assumed office
3 September 2017[2]
Majority 1,411,068[3]
Ambassador to Spain
In office
President Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mayor of Tehran
In office
Preceded by Gholamhossein Karbaschi
Succeeded by Hassan Malekmadani
Member of Parliament
In office
28 May 1988 – 28 May 1992
Constituency Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority 413,022 (47%)
In office
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
Constituency Damavand
Majority 13,201 (68.1%)
Personal details
Born (1948-11-23) 23 November 1948 (age 68)
Damavand, Tehran Province, Iran
Political party Executives of Construction Party[4]
Other political
Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization (1980s)[5]
Alma mater Sharif University of Technology

Morteza Alviri (Persian: مرتضی الویری‎‎, born 23 November 1948) is an Iranian politician who served as Mayor of Tehran from 1999 to 2001.


He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and has a Master's in Management from the State Management Training Center.[6]


During the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi he was imprisoned for activities with the Fallah organisation.[7]

After the Iranian Revolution he served on the central council of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. He was affiliated with the leftist faction of the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization, and was elected an MP in the Majlis of Iran in 1980 and 1988. He was a close associate of then-speaker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Alviri was a supporter of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who was dismissed as Ayatollah Khomeini's deputy in 1988, and as a result Alviri was prevented from running in the 1992 Majlis elections. Since then he moved from leftist to economically liberal views, and has served in various governmental positions including the Supreme National Security Council's economic committee, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the Ministry of Mines and Metals and was secretary of the Supreme Council for Free Trade Zones during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He was unanimously selected as the Mayor of Tehran on June 1999 by the fifteen Tehran City Councillors following the imprisonment of the serving mayor, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, on corruption charges. He is associated with Rafsanjani's Executives of Construction Party.[8]

In February 2002 he resigned as Mayor, accused of mismanagement by Ebrahim Asgharzadeh. In June 2003 he was appointed as Iran's ambassador to Spain. [9][10]


Mr. Alviri, Karrobi's representative to a committee tasked with investigating post-election crimes, was taken into custody by armed intelligence agents on 8 September 2009.[11][12]


  1. ^ Aida Ghajar (24 May 2017), "Reformists Turn the Tide in Tehran", Iran Wire, retrieved 24 May 2017 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "آگهی نتیجه انتخابات پنجمين دوره شورای اسلامی شهر تهران" (PDF) (in Persian). Ministry of Interior. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iran: The National Kargozaran-Sazandegi Party; political view, its leaders, branches, and participation in any election in Iran (1998), 19 February 2002, IRN38586.E, available at: [accessed 19 March 2017]
  5. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (2013), Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship, AEI Press, pp. 8–10 
  6. ^ Biography. Retrieved on 25 October 2015.
  7. ^ Morteza Alviri, former radical turned liberal technocrat, The Iranian, 1 June 1999
  8. ^ Tehran's new mayor, Global Security, 7 June 1999
  9. ^ Iran Focus-Iran’s FM to travel to Spain on Wednesday – Iran (General) – News. Retrieved on 25 October 2015.
  10. ^ TEHRAN TO GET NEW MAYOR, Global Security, 18 February 2002
  11. ^ Nazila Fathi (8 September 2009). "Iranian Opposition Offices Are Raided". New York Times. 
  12. ^ "Iran shuts reformer Karoubi's office, detains aide". Reuters. 8 September 2009. 

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