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Ahmad Tavakkoli

President  Ali Khamenei
Constituency  Tehran
Party  Islamic Coalition Party
Constituency  Behshahr
Residence  Tehran, Iran

Preceded by  Mir-Mohammad Sadeqi
Name  Ahmad Tavakkoli
Succeeded by  Mehdi Karroubi
Children  Mohammad Tavakoli
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Prime Minister  Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by  Habibollah Asgaroladi
Education  University of Nottingham

Ahmad Tavakkoli (Persian: احمد توکلی‎‎, born 5 March 1951) is an Iranian conservative politician, journalist and anti-corruption activist. He is currently managing-director of Alef news website and founder of the corruption watchdog, non-governmental organization Justice and Transparency Watch.

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Tavakkoli is former representative of Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr electoral district in the parliament and the director of Majlis Research Center.

Career

Tavakkoli was the minister of labour under Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a parliament representative from Behshahr, and a presidential candidate in two of the presidential elections in Iran (running against Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami).

Tavakkoli temporarily left politics after the leftists oppositions forced him out of the ministry of labour. He founded Resalat, a conservative newspaper, and later left Iran to study economics in the UK, where he received his PhD.

Views and personal life

Tavakkoli is a critic of a capitalist economy, and backs the government's role in controlling the economy. He is a cousin of the Larijani brothers, including Ali Larijani and Mohammad Javad Larijani.

Tavakkoli is also one of the fierce critics of the President Ahmadinejad. On 2 March 2011, the PBS' Tehran Bureau reported that Tavakkoli criticized President for mentioning only Iran and not Islam in recent speeches.

References

Ahmad Tavakkoli Wikipedia


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