Nasser Minachi

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Nasser Minachi
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Minister of Propogation and Tourism
In office
4 February 1979 – 6 November 1979
Prime Minister Mahdi Bazargan
Preceded by Kamal Habibollahi
Succeeded by Abbas Duzduzani
Personal details
Born 1931
Tehran, Iran
Died 25 January 2014(2014-01-25) (aged 83)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian

Nasser Minachi (1931 – 25 January 2014) was an Iranian politician who held different ministerial positions at the initial phase of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Career and activities[edit]

Minachi was one of the bazaar leaders during the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and cofounded the Hosseiniyeh Ershad, a nontraditional Islamic organization in Tehran.[1][2] He served as the caretaker of the institution until his death.[3] He was also an opposition leader at that time.[4]

He was appointed tourism minister to the interim government led by Mahdi Bazargan on 4 February 1979.[5] He was also a member of the revolutionary council until November 1979.[6] Then he was made the minister of information and publicity in the same cabinet.[7]

The occupiers of the US embassy in Tehran called for Minachi's arrest while he was serving as information minister.[4][8] They accused Minachi of being a CIA agent.[6] Minachi was eventually arrested in his home by the militants in early February 1980.[9] He was freed soon with the intervention of Bazargan.[6]

Later Minachi became the minister of culture and national guidance under the presidency of Abolhassan Banisadr.[4]


Mianchi died of heart failure on 25 January 2014 in Tehran.[3] His funeral and memorial service was held in the Hosseiniyeh Ershad mosque.[3]


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  2. ^ Randjbar-Daemi, Siavush (2013). "Building the Islamic State: The Draft Constitution of 1979 Reconsidered". Iranian Studies. 46 (4): 641–663. doi:10.1080/00210862.2013.784519. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nasser Minachi passed away". The Iran Project. Tehran. IRNA. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Rubin, Barry (1981). Paved with Good Intentions (PDF). New York: Penguin Books. 
  5. ^ Hosseini, Mir M. "5 February 1979 A.D.: Bazargan Becomes Prime Minister". Fouman. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Rouleau, Eric (1980). "Khomenei's Iran". Foreign Affairs. 59 (1). Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Shahidi, Hossein (2007). Journalism in Iran (PDF). London and New York: Routledge. 
  8. ^ "New stirrings in Iran about US hostages, Shah's status". The Christian Science Monitor. 7 February 1980. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Militants arrest Iranian minister". Bangor Daily News. 7 February 1980. Retrieved 10 September 2013.