The Info List - Mostafa Mirsalim

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Seyed Mostafa Agha Mirsalim (born 9 June 1947) is an Iranian engineer and conservative politician. He was a presidential candidate at the 2017 election which placed third with receiving 1.17% of the votes.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Electoral history 4 Personal life 5 References

Early life and education[edit] He obtained B.Sc. in Mechanics from Universite de Poitiers
Universite de Poitiers
in 1969, M.Sc. in Mechanics from École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique and M.Sc. Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics from Attestation d`Eludes Approfondies, Universite de Poitiers
Universite de Poitiers
both in 1971 and M.Sc. in Internal Combustion Engines from École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs in 1972.[2] He worked as an intern in Alsace Mechanical Industries until 1976, when he returned to Iran.[4] He worked at Tehran
Metro as the operational director from 1976 to 1979.[4] Career[edit] Mir-Salim served as the national police chief following the Iranian Revolution.[5] He was proposed by then president Abulhassan Banisadr in July 1980 as a candidate for prime minister as a compromise candidate acceptable to both Banisadr and the Majlis dominated by the Islamic Republican Party.[5][6] However, Banisadr was pressured to accept Mohammad-Ali Rajai
Mohammad-Ali Rajai
instead.[6] From 1981 to 1989, Mir-Salim was the advisor to then president Ayatollah Khamenei.[7] In the beginning of 1989, on the occasion of the death and funeral of Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan who had ruled for over 60 years until he died on January 7, Mir-Salim and Hossein Saffar Harandi, a Member of Parliament and the Chairman of Parliament Committee on Agriculture, went to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to attend the Rites of Imperial Funeral on February 24 with Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary in Japan, and his wife.[8] Mir-Salim was appointed Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in 1994.[7] His tenure was characterized by a strongly conservative Islamist direction, aiming to stave off the "cultural onslaught" of Western culture
Western culture
and promote pious Islamic culture in its place, including through the use of repressive measures. The Ministry under his direction was particularly known for closing a number of reformist newspapers.[9] He was later appointed to the Expediency Discernment Council.[10] He is Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran.[2] Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes

2017 President 478,267 1.16% 3rd Lost[11]

Personal life[edit] According to Iranian Diplomacy, Mirsalim is married to a French woman.[4] He is fond of swimming and usually wears shenandoah beard, collarless tuxedos and dark calottes that serve as his signature look.[4] References[edit]

^ Hamid Mirzadeh ^ a b c "S. Mostafa Agha Mirsalim homepage". Amirkabir University of Technology.  ^ "مشخصات شناسنامه‌ای 6کاندیدای ریاست‌جمهوری". 21 April 2017.  ^ a b c d "Mostafa Mirsalim: Back after Two Decades", Iranian Diplomacy, 18 December 2016, retrieved 1 May 2017  ^ a b "Iran's Police Chief Chosen as Premier in Compromise Move". The New York Times. 27 July 1980. p. 1.  ^ a b Mohsen M. Milani (1994). The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic. Westview Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-8133-8476-1.  ^ a b Feuilherade, Peter (1 April 1994). "Iran: media and the message". The Middle East. Retrieved 19 June 2013.  ^ Diplomatic Blue Book: the Year of 1989 - 5. Delegation Representatives of Countries and Organizations that Attended the Rites of Imperial Funeral of Emperor Shōwa (『外交青書 1989年版』 - 5.「昭和天皇大喪の礼」に参列した国及び国際機関の代表) (in Japanese), published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan ^ Mehdi Moslem (2002). Factional Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran. Syracuse University Press. pp. 221–223. ISBN 0-8156-2978-8.  ^ "Appointment of New members of Expediency Discernment Council". 17 March 1997.  ^ "Final resuls of presidential election by province and county" (in Persian). Ministry of Interior. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 

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Government offices

Preceded by Morteza Mohammadkhan Socio-Political Vice Minister of Interior November 1979 – August 1982 Succeeded by Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi

Police appointments

Preceded by Mostafa Mostafaei Caretaker of Shahrbani 17 February 1980 – 26 February 1981 Succeeded by Houshang Vahid-Dastjerdi

Party political offices

New title Head of Islamic Coalition Party's Central Council 2004–present Incumbent

Sporting positions

Preceded by Ahmad Ghoreishi President of the

Life Saving and Diving Federation of Iran 1989–2017 Succeeded by Ilkhan Nouri

v t e

Culture Ministers of Iran
(since 1979)

Minachi Douzdouzani Moadikhah Khatami Larijani Mir-Salim Mohajerani Masjed-Jamei Saffar Harandi Khajeh-Piria Hosseini Jannati Salehia Salehi Amiri Salehi

a Acting

v t e

2013 ← Iranian presidential election, 2017

Opinion polls • Debates • Inauguration



Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani
(campaign) Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi
(campaign) Mostafa Mir-Salim
Mostafa Mir-Salim
(campaign) Mostafa Hashemitaba
Mostafa Hashemitaba


Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
(campaign) Eshaq Jahangiri
Eshaq Jahangiri


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Hamid Baqai Others (list)