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
22 February 1994 – 19 August 1997
PresidentAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded byAli Larijani
Succeeded byAta'ollah Mohajerani
Advisor to the President of Iran
In office
August 1989 – February 1994
PresidentAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Supervisor of Presidential administration
and Top Advisor to the President of Iran
In office
August 1982 – August 1989
PresidentAli Khamenei
Succeeded byHamid Mirzadeh[1]
Personal details
Seyed Mostafa Agha Mir-Salim[2]

(1947-06-09) 9 June 1947 (age 72)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyIslamic Coalition Party
Other political
Islamic Republican Party (1980–87)
Children3, 2 daughters and 1 son[3]
Alma materUniversity of Poitiers
École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique
IFP School
WebsiteOfficial Website
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Years of service1980–1981

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.[2]

He worked as an intern in Alsace Mechanical Industries until 1976, when he returned to Iran.[4] He worked at Tehran Metro as the operational director from 1976 to 1979.[4]


Mir-Salim served as the national police chief following the Iranian Revolution.[5] 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.[5][6] However, Banisadr was pressured to accept Mohammad-Ali Rajai instead.[6] From 1981 to 1989, Mir-Salim was the advisor to then president Ayatollah Khamenei.[7]

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.[8]

Mir-Salim was appointed Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 1994.[7] 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.[9]

He was later appointed to the Expediency Discernment Council.[10]

He is Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes
2017 President 478,267 1.16% 3rd Lost[11]

Personal life[edit]

According to Iranian Diplomacy, Mirsalim is married to a French woman.[4] He is fond of swimming and usually wears shenandoah beard, collarless tuxedos and dark calottes that serve as his signature look.[4]


  1. ^ Hamid Mirzadeh
  2. ^ a b c "S. Mostafa Agha Mirsalim homepage". Amirkabir University of Technology.
  3. ^ "مشخصات شناسنامه‌ای 6کاندیدای ریاست‌جمهوری". 21 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Mostafa Mirsalim: Back after Two Decades", Iranian Diplomacy, 18 December 2016, retrieved 1 May 2017
  5. ^ a b "Iran's Police Chief Chosen as Premier in Compromise Move". The New York Times. 27 July 1980. p. 1.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b Feuilherade, Peter (1 April 1994). "Iran: media and the message". The Middle East. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ 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) (in Japanese), published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  9. ^ Mehdi Moslem (2002). Factional Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran. Syracuse University Press. pp. 221–223. ISBN 0-8156-2978-8.
  10. ^ "Appointment of New members of Expediency Discernment Council". 17 March 1997.
  11. ^ "Final resuls of presidential election by province and county" (in Persian). Ministry of Interior. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sadeq Tabatabaei
Socio-Political Vice Minister of Interior
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Hossein Sarvaroddin
Preceded by
Mohammad-Hossein Sarvaroddin
Succeeded by
Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi
Preceded by
Mohammad Reza Hashemi
Secretary of Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution
Succeeded by
Mohammad Ali Keynejad
Police appointments
Preceded by
Mostafa Mostafaei
Caretaker of Shahrbani
Succeeded by
Houshang Vahid-Dastjerdi
Party political offices
New title Head of Islamic Coalition Party's Central Council
Succeeded by
Asadollah Badamchian
Preceded by
Asadollah Badamchian
Deputy Head of the Islamic Coalition Party's Central Council
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ahmad Ghoreishi
President of the
Life Saving and Diving Federation of Iran

Succeeded by
Ilkhan Nouri