Iran General NewsIran elections candidates: Mostafa Moin

Iran elections candidates: Mostafa Moin

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Iran Focus: Moin served as chancellor of Shiraz University from 1981 to 1982 and has been a member of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council since 1983. Moin was a Majlis (parliament) deputy from 1982 to 1984, and again from 1988 to 1989. Moin served as the Culture and Higher Education Minister from 1989 to 1993 and served as Higher Education Minister from 1997 to 2003. Students and professors in Shiraz University in the early 1980s have signed a petition against Moin, saying that as chancellor, he actively purged dissidents and all those who did not conform to the dominant Islamic fundamentalist ideology. Iran Focus

Age: 54 (Born in 1951)

Position: None

Career Highlights:

Moin served as chancellor of Shiraz University from 1981 to 1982 and has been a member of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council since 1983.

Moin was a Majlis (parliament) deputy from 1982 to 1984, and again from 1988 to 1989.

Moin served as the Culture and Higher Education Minister from 1989 to 1993 and served as Higher Education Minister from 1997 to 2003.

Students and professors in Shiraz University in the early 1980s have signed a petition against Moin, saying that as chancellor, he actively purged dissidents and all those who did not conform to the dominant Islamic fundamentalist ideology.

His candidacy is supported by the Islamic Iran Participation Front. Moin announced that he would choose Mohammad Reza Khatami as his First Vice President if he were elected.

Moin has had a hard time convincing former reformist voters to give him another chance after eight frustrating years for incumbent President Mohammad Khatami. The main university union and its supporters appear to be leaning towards a boycott — either in a protest against entrenched hardliners or simple apathy.

After being initially disqualified from standing in the polls by unelected hardliners and then approved after the intervention of Ayatollah Khamenei, Moin alienated many former supporters of Khatami, who called on him to decline Khamenei’s “grace”.

In a sign that even the key figures in Khatami’s camp know that Moin does not stand a realistic chance, Behzad Nabavi and Mostafa Tajzadeh have been quietly pushing Moin to abandon the race in favour of Rafsanjani.

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