Ali Larijani (Persian: علی لاریجانی, Persian pronunciation: [æliː-e lɒːɾiːdʒɒːniː]; born 3 June 1957) is an Iranian conservative politician, philosopher and former military officer who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Iran since 2008. Larijani was the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 15 August 2005 to 20 October 2007, appointed to the position by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replacing Hassan Rouhani. Acceptance of Larijani's resignation from the secretary position was announced on 20 October 2007 by Gholamhossein Elham, the Iranian government's spokesman, mentioning that his previous resignations were turned down by President Ahmadinejad.
Ali Larijani in 2017
|22nd Speaker of the Parliament of Iran|
|Assumed office |
5 June 2008
Acting: 28 May–4 June 2008
28–31 May 2012
29–30 May 2016
|Preceded by||Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel|
|Member of the Parliament of Iran|
|Assumed office |
28 May 2008
|Secretary of Supreme National Security Council|
15 August 2005 – 20 October 2007
|Preceded by||Hassan Rouhani|
|Succeeded by||Saeed Jalili|
|Chief Nuclear Negotiator of Iran|
16 August 2005 – 20 October 2007
|Preceded by||Hassan Rouhani|
|Succeeded by||Saeed Jalili|
|Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting|
13 February 1994 – 23 May 2004
|Appointed by||Ali Khamenei|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Hashemi|
|Succeeded by||Ezzatollah Zarghami|
|Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance|
11 August 1992 – 16 August 1993
Acting: 16 July - 11 August 1992
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Khatami|
|Succeeded by||Mostafa Mir-Salim|
Ali Ardashir Larijani
3 June 1957
|Political party||Independent politician|
|Principlists Pervasive Coalition (2008)|
United Front of Principlists (2008, 2012)
List of Hope (2016)
Followers of Wilayat fraction (2012, 2016)
|Parents||Mirza Hashem Amoli (father)|
|Alma mater||Aryamehr University of Technology|
University of Tehran (Doctor of Philosophy)
|Years of service||1982–1992|
|Commands||Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff|
Larijani was one of the two representatives of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ali Khamenei to the council, the other being Hassan Rouhani. In his post as secretary he effectively functioned as the top negotiator on issues of national security, including Iran's nuclear program.
Ali Larijani was born on 3 June 1957 in Najaf to Iranian parents. He hails from a religious family based in Amol in the province of Mazandaran. His father was a leading cleric, Ayatollah Mirza Hashem Amoli. His parents moved to Najaf in 1931 due to pressure of then ruler Reza Shah, but returned to Iran in 1961.
Larijani is a graduate of Qom. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science and mathematics from Aryamehr University of Technology and holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in Western philosophy from University of Tehran. Initially, he wanted to continue his graduate studies in computer science, but changed his subject after consultation with Morteza Motahhari. Larijani has published books on Immanuel Kant, Saul Kripke, and David Lewis. Dr. Larijani is faculty member of University of Tehran School of Literature and Humanities.
Larijani is a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards. Larijani served as the deputy minister of labour and social affairs, and then was appointed deputy minister of information and communications technology. In March 1994, he was appointed as head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, replacing Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani in the post. He was in office until 21 July 2004 and was succeeded by Ezzatollah Zarghami after serving ten years in the post. He became security adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in August 2004.
Larijani was a presidential candidate for the 2005 presidential elections, where he ranked sixth, winning 5.94% of the votes. He was considered the most important presidential candidate of the conservative alliance for the 2005 presidential elections. He was supported by the Islamic Society of Engineers (ISE), among other conservative groups. He had been announced as the final choice of the conservative Council for Coordination of the Forces of the Revolution, which was made from representatives of some influential conservative parties and organizations. But he proved to be the least popular of the three conservative candidates, the others being Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (second rank in the first round, winner in the second round) and Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (fourth rank in the first round).
In 2005, Larijani was appointed secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, a body which helps draw up nuclear and other policies, by Khamenei. He replaced Hassan Rouhani in the post. As chief nuclear negotiator, Iranian analysts said he differed with the president over how to pursue negotiations with his European counterparts and say he backed a more pragmatic approach.
As Iran's top nuclear envoy Larijani said on 25 April 2007 that he expected "new ideas" from senior EU official Javier Solana at talks on resolving the deadlock between Tehran's refusal to freeze its nuclear programme and United Nations Security Council demands that it do so.
In the March 2008 parliamentary election, Larijani won a seat from Qom. He said that he was willing to work with Ahmadinejad; according to Larijani, he did not disagree with Ahmadinejad on ideological issues and they had only "differences in style". In May 2008, Larijani became speaker of the parliament. He was reelected in next years as chairman of the parliament. He was re-elected in 2012 elections as the Qom district's high receiving candidate. He was also elected for another term as chairman of the parliament on 5 June 2012 and was sworn in on 11 June 2012.
Larijani implied on 21 June 2009 that authorities took the side of one candidate, without clarifying which candidate. Just after the election, Larijani reportedly congratulated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi as he, having "access to firsthand and classified information and news", believed Mousavi had won the election. However, on 22 October 2012, during a QA meeting with the students of Iran University of Science and Technology, Larijani denied the allegations that he had congratulated Mousavi. He was elected as speaker in the new Majlis in May 2016.
Larijani was considered to maintain Motalefeh membership and views while in Hashemi Rafsanjani cabinet (1992–1994). Iranian scholar Mehdi Moslem in his 2002 book named Factional Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran, suggests that Larijani had been a member of Motalefeh and part of the ‘traditional right’. Payam Mohseni, fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, classifies Larijani as a lead figure in the ‘theocratic right’ camp, whose other prominent are Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani.
Larijani was one of the leaders of the Principlists Pervasive Coalition in 2008 parliamentary elections, and a United Front of Principlists leader. During Iranian 2016 parliamentary election Larijani was the leader of the Followers of Wilayat faction, although he was backed by the reformist List of Hope and said he is running as an independent candidate.
Larijani is known to have close associates, including the interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Behrouz Nemati, spokesman for the parliament's presiding board, and Kazem Jalali, head of the parliament's research center.
According to a poll conducted in March 2016 by Information and Public Opinion Solutions LLC (iPOS) among Iranian citizens, Larijani has 45% approval and 34% disapproval ratings and thus a +11% net popularity; while 11% of responders don't recognize the name.
Larijani is a brother of Sadegh Larijani (President of the Judicature), Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Bagher Larijani (Chancellor of Tehran University of Medical Sciences), and Fazel Larijani (Iran's former cultural attachée in Ottawa). Larijani is also a cousin of Ahmad Tavakkoli (Larijani's and Tavakkoli's mothers are sisters).Larijani is the son-in-law of Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari,
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|New title|| Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of IRGC
| Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani
| Director-General of IRIB
Title last held byAhmad Khomeini
| Supreme Leader's Representative at SNSC
With: Hassan Rouhani
| Secretary of Supreme National Security Council|
| Chief Nuclear Negotiator of Iran
| Speaker of Parliament of Iran