Mostafa Mir-Salim

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Mostafa Mir-Salim
Mostafa Mir-Salim press conference 20170423 02.jpg
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
In office
28 August 1994 – 19 August 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Ali Larijani
Succeeded by Ata'ollah Mohajerani
Advisor to the President of Iran
In office
August 1989 – August 1993
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Supervisor of Presidential administration
and Top Advisor to the President of Iran
In office
August 1982 – August 1989
President Ali Khamenei
Personal details
Born Seyed Mostafa Agha Mir-Salim[1]
(1947-06-09) 9 June 1947 (age 69)
Tehran, Iran
Political party Islamic Coalition Party
Other political
affiliations
Islamic Republican Party (1980–87)
Children 3, 2 daughters and 1 son[2]
Alma mater University of Poitiers
École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique
IFP School
Religion Islam
Signature
Website Official Website
Military service
Allegiance  Iran
Years of service 1980–1981
Commands Shahrbani

Seyed Mostafa Agha Mirsalim (born 9 June 1947) is an Iranian engineer and conservative politician. He was a presidential candidate at the 2017 election which placed third with receiving 1.17% of the votes.

Early life and education[edit]

He obtained B.Sc. in Mechanics from Universite de Poitiers in 1969, M.Sc. in Mechanics from École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique and M.Sc. Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics from Attestation d`Eludes Approfondies, Universite de Poitiers both in 1971 and M.Sc. in Internal Combustion Engines from École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs in 1972.[1]

He worked as an intern in Alsace Mechanical Industries until 1976, when he returned to Iran.[3] He worked at Tehran Metro as the operational director from 1976 to 1979.[3]

Career[edit]

Mir-Salim served as the national police chief following the Iranian Revolution.[4] He was proposed by then president Abulhassan Banisadr in July 1980 as a candidate for prime minister as a compromise candidate acceptable to both Banisadr and the Majlis dominated by the Islamic Republican Party.[4][5] However, Banisadr was pressured to accept Mohammad-Ali Rajai instead.[5] From 1981 to 1989, Mir-Salim was the advisor to then president Ayatollah Khamenei.[6]

In the beginning of 1989, on the occasion of the death and funeral of Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan who had ruled for over 60 years until he died on January 7, Mir-Salim and Hossein Saffar Harandi, a Member of Parliament and the Chairman of Parliament Committee on Agriculture, went to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to attend the Rites of Imperial Funeral on February 24 with Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary in Japan, and his wife.[7]

Mir-Salim was appointed Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 1994.[6] His tenure was characterized by a strongly conservative Islamist direction, aiming to stave off the "cultural onslaught" of Western culture and promote pious Islamic culture in its place, including through the use of repressive measures. The Ministry under his direction was particularly known for closing a number of reformist newspapers.[8]

He was later appointed to the Expediency Discernment Council.[9]

He is Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes  % Rank Notes
2017 President 478,215 1.16% 3rd Lost

Personal life[edit]

According to Iranian Diplomacy, Mirsalim is married to a French woman.[3] He is fond of swimming and usually wears shenandoah beard, collarless tuxedos and dark calottes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "S. Mostafa Agha Mirsalim homepage". Amirkabir University of Technology. 
  2. ^ "مشخصات شناسنامه‌ای 6کاندیدای ریاست‌جمهوری". 21 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Mostafa Mirsalim: Back after Two Decades", Iranian Diplomacy, 18 December 2016, retrieved 1 May 2017 
  4. ^ a b "Iran's Police Chief Chosen as Premier in Compromise Move". The New York Times. 27 July 1980. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b Mohsen M. Milani (1994). The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic. Westview Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-8133-8476-1. 
  6. ^ a b Feuilherade, Peter (1 April 1994). "Iran: media and the message". The Middle East. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Diplomatic Blue Book: the Year of 1989 - 5. Delegation Representatives of Countries and Organizations that Attended the Rites of Imperial Funeral of Emperor Shōwa (『外交青書 1989年版』 - 5.「昭和天皇大喪の礼」に参列した国及び国際機関の代表) (Japanese), published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  8. ^ Mehdi Moslem (2002). Factional Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran. Syracuse University Press. pp. 221–223. ISBN 0-8156-2978-8. 
  9. ^ "Appointment of New members of Expediency Discernment Council". 17 March 1997. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Morteza Mohammadkhan
Socio-Political Vice Minister of Interior
November 1979 – August 1982
Succeeded by
Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi
Police appointments
Preceded by
Mostafa Mostafaei
Caretaker of Shahrbani
17 February 1980 – 26 February 1981
Succeeded by
Houshang Vahid-Dastjerdi
Party political offices
New title Head of Islamic Coalition Party's Central Council
2004–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Other offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Ghoreishi
President of the Life Saving and Diving Federation of Iran
1989–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent