|Preceded by Mohammad Aliabadi|
Name Ali Saeedlou
|Succeeded by Jafar Tashakori|
Preceded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Alma mater University of Tabriz
|Succeeded by Mohammad Abbasi
(as Minister of Sports)|
Succeeded by Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf
Preceded by Mohmmad-Hossein Moghimi
Party Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran
Iranian VP criticises US and other countries calling for Hezbollah to disarm
Ali Saeedlou (Persian: علی سعیدلو) (born 10 October 1952 in Tabriz) is an Iranian politician who was the Head of Physical Education Organization from 2009 to 2011. Before that, he was Deputy Mayor of Tehran from 2003 to 2005 under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and had served as his interim successor until the election of Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf as new mayor.
- Iranian VP criticises US and other countries calling for Hezbollah to disarm
- Early life
- Political career
He was born on 10 October 1952 in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province. He was graduated in 1975 from Tabriz University and then he moved to United States but returned to his hometown in 1980.
His first political career starts in 1982, when he was appointed as a financial deputy at Ministry of Commerce. He was chosen as Deputy Minister of Commerce two years later and later as Deputy Minister of Cooperatives. In 1990, he was appointed as head of Iranian Department of Defence which he held most of his political years there, serves as its head until 2002. After 2003 local elections which led to victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Mayor of Tehran, Saeedlou was elected as his deputy. Ahmadinejad later was elected as President and Saeedlou serves as Acting Mayor of Tehran from 3 August to 17 September 2005. He was proposed as Minister-designated of Petroleum by Ahmadinejad in 2005 but he was not confirmed by Parliament of Iran. In August 2009, Saeedlou was appointed by Ahmadinejad as head of the Physical Education Organization, a post he held until August 2011.