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Mostafa Moeen

Mostafa Moeen
مصطفی معین
Minister of Science, Research, and Technology
In office
2000–2003
President Mohammad Khatami
Minister of Culture and Higher Education
In office
1989–1993
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
In office
1997–2000
President Mohammad Khatami
Personal details
Born April 1, 1951
Najaf Abad, Isfahan, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Islamic Iran Participation Front
Residence Tehran, Iran
Alma mater Shiraz University
Religion Shia Islam
Website Mostafa Moeen

Mostafa Moeen, Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF).

Currently, he is the director of Immunology, Asthma and Allergy Research Institute, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS).

Early life

Moeen was born in 1951 in the city of Najaf Abad. At age 18, he was accepted to Shiraz University medical school, and after the Iranian Revolution, he was appointed as the president of Shiraz University. He was elected as representative of Shiraz in mid-term elections of the first Parliament of Iran in 1982.

Ministration term

Moeen was the Minister of Culture and Higher Education under President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1993) and President Mohammad Khatami (1997-2000), and later became the Minister of Science, Research, and Technology (the same post, with a changed name) under President Khatami (2000-2003). As a Minister, Moeen resigned after the student protests of July 1999, and again in July, 2003 after he failed to persuade the Council of Guardians to redirect his ministry towards his vision of higher "scientific productivity".

Presidential ambition

On October 12, 2004, Mir-Hossein Mousavi declined to run for the presidency, causing the Islamic Iran Participation Front to consider Moeen instead. IIPF members soon announced his nomination. On December 29, 2004, Moeen agreed to run for the presidency, as the first major candidate to announce his participation.

Contrary to the general expectations and the poll results, Moeen, who was expected to be among the first three most popular candidates in the first round, fared poorly and ranked fifth in the end, with the election resulting in a run-off between Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Moeen's present campaign was headed by Ali Shakouri-Rad, and he was supported by the following political parties and organizations:

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