|Secretary General People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran|
|Assumed office |
September 6, 2017
|Preceded by||Zohreh Akhyani|
Zahra Merrikhi Ahangarkala'i
1959 (age 59–60)
|Political party||People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran|
Zahrah Merrikhi (Persian: زهرا مریخی), is an Iranian People's Mujahedin politician. In September 2017 she was elected as the new MEK Secretary General, replacing Zohreh Akhyani (who had served from 2011).
Early life and career
She was born in 1959 and joined People's Mujahedin of Iran in years leading to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. During this time, she was summoned and interrogated by the Shah's intelligence service. Merrikhi's younger brother, Ali, was killed in 1988 by the current Iranian government. One of the senior party figures from 2003 onwards, she was the coordinator of the office representing Maryam Rajavi. Merrikhi replaced Zohreh Akhyani as the secretary-general in 2017. Merrikhi currently receives the support of 18 co-Secretaries General (including seven former Secretaries General) and three deputies from the organization’s younger generation.
Election as Secretary General
In 2017, Merrikhi was elected as Secretary General for the People's Mujahedin.
The election process
Party regulations stipulate that Secretary Generals are elected for a two-year term The election process comprises three stages:
1) The first assembly is held by members of the People's Mujahedin Central Council. During this stage an initial 12 candidates were introduced, where Merrikhi received the majority vote.
2) At the second assembly, senior party officials and cadres cast their votes on the four final candidates, with Merrikhi led the vote tally again.
3) At the third (final) assembly, Merrikhi was unanimously elected.
- Majid Rafizadeh (9 September 2017), Crisis-riddled Iran Sees Opposition Elect New Secretary General, HuffPost, retrieved 30 March 2018
- Massoud Khodabandeh (9 September 2017), Pssst, Whisper It, Even Iran’s Enemies Don’t Want Regime Change, HuffPost, retrieved 30 March 2018
|Party political offices|
| Secretary-General of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran