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Ali Motahhari (Persian: علی مطهری‎; born 26 January 1958)[2] is an Iranian conservative[3][4] politician who represents Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr electoral district in the Parliament of Iran since 2008 and was Second Deputy of the Parliament of Iran from 2016 until 2019.

Ali Motahhari
Ali Motahari 2019.jpg
Member of the Parliament of Iran
Assumed office
28 May 2008
ConstituencyTehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Majority1,447,713 (44.58%)
Personal details
Born (1958-01-26) 26 January 1958 (age 61)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyPeople's Voice Coalition
Other political
Principlists Pervasive Coalition (2008)
United Front of Principlists (2008)
List of Hope (2016)
Narges Ansari (m. 1982)
ParentsMorteza Motahhari
Azam "Aliyeh" Rouhani
RelativesAli Larijani (brother-in-law)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
ProfessionUniversity professor

Motahhari is described as an orthodox politician[5] with liberal conservative[6] and moderate conservative[7] views. He is the leader of the People's Voice Coalition.[8]

Motahhari heads Sadra Publications and teaches at University of Tehran, where he gained a PhD in philosophy.[1]


Ali Motahhari was born in Tehran. His father is noted Islamic scholar Morteza Motahhari.

Motahari is a brother-in-law of the current Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani,[9] and a harsh critic of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[10] He criticized Ahmadinejad for his "self-centered" policies saying: "It is unprecedented and inappropriate that a president simply says I do not accept this law and will not execute it. This is a sign of despotism."[10] Motahhari tried to summon Ahmadinejad to parliament to face questioning and possible impeachment. Though a conservative, he has been something of a maverick.

On 13 March 2015, Motahhari was injured in an attack by "motorcycle thugs" before giving a speech at Shiraz University.[11]

Electoral historyEdit

Year Election Votes % Rank Notes
2008 Parliament 571,071 32.80 3rd Won[12]
2012 Parliament Round 1   455,303   22.77 9th Went to Round 2[13]
Parliament Round 2   380,653   33.79 4th Won[14]
2016 Parliament   1,447,714   44.58 2nd Won[15]

Public imageEdit

According to a poll conducted in March 2016 by Information and Public Opinion Solutions LLC (iPOS) among Iranian citizens, Motahhari has 36% approval and 15% disapproval ratings and thus a +21% net popularity; while 40% of responders don't recognize the name.[16]


  1. ^ a b "". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^آشنایی-با-دکتر-علی-مطهری
  3. ^ Banafsheh Keynoush (2012), "Iran after Ahmadinejad", Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 54 (3): 127–146, doi:10.1080/00396338.2012.690988
  4. ^ Ariabarzan Mohammadi (2014), The path dependent nature of factionalism in post-Khomeini Iran (Discussion Paper), Durham University, p. 26
  5. ^ "Glossary of Iranian Political Terms", Iranian Diplomacy, 21 March 2010, retrieved 20 August 2017
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  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Katayoun Kishi (February 24, 2016). "Iran's Election Coalitions". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Bar, Zvi. "In election-season Iran, domestic politics trump fear of Israeli attack - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News". Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  10. ^ a b "Ahmadinejad Files Suit Against Conservative MP". insideIRAN. 2010-08-02. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-04-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
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  12. ^ "نتيجه قطعي انتخابات تهران اعلام شد", Fars News Agency (in Persian), 17 March 2008, retrieved 10 February 2016
  13. ^ "۵۲۷ کاندیدای تهران در انتخابات ۱۲ اسفند چقدر رای آوردند؟", Khabaronline (in Persian), 18 March 2012, retrieved 10 February 2016
  14. ^ نتایج نهایی و رسمی مرحله دوم انتخابات تهران + گرایش سیاسی. Asr Iran (in Persian). 16 May 2012. 212705. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  15. ^ "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
  16. ^ "ظریف محبوب‌ترین چهره سیاسی ایران". Information and Public Opinion Solutions LLC (in Persian). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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Assembly seats
Preceded by
Mohammad-Reza Bahonar
2nd Vice Speaker of Parliament of Iran
Succeeded by
Abdolreza Mesri