Ahmad Tavakkoli

Ahmad Tavakkoli (Persian: احمد توکلی‎, born 5 March 1951) is an Iranian conservative populist politician, journalist and anti-corruption activist. He is currently managing-director of Alef news website[5] and founder of the corruption watchdog, non-governmental organization Justice and Transparency Watch.[6]

Ahmad Tavakkoli
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Minister of Labour
In office
PresidentAli Khamenei
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byMir-Mohammad Sadeqi
Succeeded byAbolqasem Sarhadizadeh
President of the Majlis Research Center
In office
2004 – 1 July 2012
Preceded byMohammad Reza Khatami
Succeeded byKazem Jalali
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 2004 – 28 May 2016
ConstituencyTehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
In office
28 May 1980 – 12 November 1981
Personal details
Born (1951-03-05) March 5, 1951 (age 69)
Behshahr, Iran
Political partyFront of Transformationalist Principlists[1]
Other political
Islamic Republican Party
Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization[2]
ResidenceTehran, Iran
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham

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


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).[7]

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 lifeEdit

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 was also a fierce critic of President Ahmadinejad.[8] On 2 March 2011, the PBS' Tehran Bureau reported that Tavakkoli criticized the then President for mentioning only Iran and not Islam in recent speeches.[9]

Electoral historyEdit

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes
1980[a] Parliament 28,850 50.2 1st Won[10]
1993 President 3,972,201 24.3 2nd Lost
2000[b] Parliament 382,867 13.06 51st Lost[11]
2001 President   4,393,544   15.6 2nd Lost
2004[b] Parliament   776,979   39.40 2nd Won[12]
2008[b] Parliament   568,459   32.65 4th Won[13]
2012[b] Parliament Round 1   481,012   22.69 7th Went to Round 2[14]
Parliament Round 2   404,595   35.91 3rd Won[15]
2016[b] Parliament   862,723   26.56 34th Lost[16]


  1. ^ "نگاهی به شکل گیری احزاب مجلس ساخته در ایران". Khabar Online. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nepotism & the Larijani Dynasty". Tehran Bureau. August 20, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Marsha B. Cohen (May 2013). "The Brothers Larijani: A sphere of power". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  4. ^ Denise Hassanzade Ajiri (February 2016). "An introduction to Iran's parliamentary candidates". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Three successful anti-terror operations carried out". Iran. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Oil contracts 'generally only profiting foreigners'". Mehr News Agency. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ Muir, Jim (1 June 2001). "Iran election: People and policies". BBC. Tehran. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  8. ^ Sohrabi, Naghmeh (July 2011). "The Power Struggle in Iran: A Centrist Comeback?" (PDF). Middle East Brief (53).
  9. ^ "Iran gets some diplomatic heat over opposition leader arrests". Press Roundup 3 February 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Getting to Know the Representatives in the Majles" (PDF), Iranian Parliament, The Iran Social Science Data Portal, p. 39
  11. ^ آگهی نتیجه انتخابات ششمین دوره مجلس شورای اسلامی در حوزه انتخابیه تهران، ری، شمیرانات و اسلامشهر (in Persian), archived from the original on 9 June 2011
  12. ^ "آراء نهايي انتخابات مجلس هفتم در حوزه تهران اعلام شد از مجموع 3438 صندوق 1971748 برگ راي به دست آمد", Iranian Students' News Agency (in Persian), 27 February 2004, retrieved 10 February 2016
  13. ^ "نتيجه قطعي انتخابات تهران اعلام شد", Fars News Agency (in Persian), 17 March 2008, retrieved 10 February 2016
  14. ^ "۵۲۷ کاندیدای تهران در انتخابات ۱۲ اسفند چقدر رای آوردند؟", Khabaronline (in Persian), 18 March 2012, retrieved 10 February 2016
  15. ^ نتایج نهایی و رسمی مرحله دوم انتخابات تهران + گرایش سیاسی. Asr Iran (in Persian). 16 May 2012. 212705. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  16. ^ "ریز آمار نتایج 1021 کاندیدای نمایندگی مجلس در تهران + فیلم مرور روز انتخابات", Iranian Students' News Agency (in Persian), 27 February 2016, retrieved 27 February 2016

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Reza Khatami
President of the Majlis Research Center
Succeeded by
Kazem Jalali