Sadegh Mahsouli

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Sadegh Mahsouli
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Minister of Welfare and Social Security
In office
19 November 2009 – 3 August 2011
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byAbdolreza Mesri
Succeeded byReza Sheykholeslam
(Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare)
Minister of Interior
In office
24 December 2008 – 9 August 2009
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byKamran Daneshjoo (acting)
Succeeded byMostafa Mohammad Najjar
Personal details
Born (1959-04-09) April 9, 1959 (age 60)
Urmia, Iran
Political partyFront of Islamic Revolution Stability[1]
Other political
Coalition of the Pleasant Scent of Servitude[2]
Alma materIran University of Science and Technology[3]
Net worth$160 million (2005)[3]
Military service
AllegianceIran Iran
Branch/serviceRevolutionary Guards
Commands6th Special Division[3]
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War

Sadegh Mahsouli (Persian: صادق محصولی‎, born 9 March 1959) is an Iranian politician who was Minister of Interior from 2008 to 2009 and Minister of Welfare and Social Security from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed to this post on 19 November 2009, as part of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second cabinet after received vote of from Parliament. From 24 March 2008 to 9 August 2009, he was Minister of Interior of Ahmadinejad's first cabinet. He was succeed Ali Kordan who was impeached by Parliament in November 2008.[4]

Mahsouli withdrew his nomination once when the president nominated him for the position of oil minister in 2005 after admitted to Iranian parliament that he was worth $160 million.[3]

In 2011, it was announced that Ministry of Welfare will be merged with Ministry of Labour and Mahsouli will be leave cabinet after it.[5]

Mahsouli was in charge of the Ministry of Interior when the alleged vote rigging happened in Iran's presidential election in June 2009.

June 13 Letter[edit]

On June 18, a letter was presented by Iranian filmmakers Marjane Satrapi (director of the critically Acclaimed Film Persepolis) and has since been widely circulated with Mousavi Supporters. No verification of the letter has been provided. The letter was allegedly written by Interior Minister Sadegh Mahsouli to Ayatollah Khamenei on June 13 (a day after the elections), states the fraud and lists the authentic vote count. A quick view on the letter shows that it was fake. The letter was roughly translated as follows;

"Salaam Aleikum.

Following your concerns regarding the results of the presidential election and per your given discretion to have Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remain as president during this sensitive juncture. Therefore, everything has been planned in a way that the public announcement will be made in accordance with the interests of the regime and the revolution. All necessary precautions have been taken to deal with any unexpected events of election aftermath and the intense monitoring of all the parties' leaders as well as the election candidates.

However, some believe that the real votes counted are as follows:

Total number of votes: 43,026,078

Mir Hossein Mousavi: 19,075,623

Mehdi Karoubi: 13,387,104

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: 5,698,417

Mohsen Rezaee: 3,754,218

Void: 38,716

Minister of Interior

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  1. ^ "Iran: A Political Threat to Rouhani? Introducing the Endurance Front". EA WorldView. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ پایان حیات سیاسی جبهه متحد اصولگرایان
  3. ^ a b c d "Ahmadinejad's Security Cabinet". FRONTLINE - Tehran Bureau.
  4. ^ "Sadegh Mahsouli". "Topics". Washington Times. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  5. ^محرابیان،-محصولی-و-میرکاظمی-از-دولت-حذف-شدند/
  6. ^ "Does Letter Prove Iran Election Fraud?". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  7. ^ "Claim: Letter Proves Vote Fraud in Iran - Latest News Briefs - Arutz Sheva". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  8. ^ "WORLD - Secret letter proves Mousavi victory, says report". Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  9. ^ Erdbrink, Thomas; Branigin, William (2009-06-30). "Iran's Guardian Council Affirms Vote Result". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  10. ^ "Decent translation of interior minister's letter to supreme leader". CNN iReport. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Kordan
Minister of Interior
Succeeded by
Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
Preceded by
Abdolreza Mesri
Minister of Welfare and Social Security
Succeeded by
Reza Sheykholeslam
as Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Welfare
Party political offices
New title Deputy Secretary-General of the Front of Islamic Revolution Stability