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Gholam Hossein Sedighi (Persian: غلامحسین صدیقی‎; December 3, 1905 – May 19, 1992), was an Iranian politician and Minister of Interior in the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. After a CIA-backed coup d'etat overthrew Mossadegh, Sedighi was arrested and later testified in defense of Mossadegh at the latter's trial. Despite the loss of power, Sedighi continued to be politically active. He helped to found the Second National Front in 1960 and, along with other pro-Mossadegh politicians, advocated a democratic system and a Shah that reigns but does not rule.

Gholam Hossein Sadighi
Minister of Interior
In office
21 July 1952 – 19 August 1953
MonarchMohammad Reza Pahlavi
Prime MinisterMohammad Mossadegh
Preceded byAmirteymour Kalali
Succeeded byFazlollah Zahedi
Minister of Post and Telegraph
In office
6 May 1951 – 16 July 1952
Prime MinisterMohammad Mossadegh
Preceded byYousef Moshar
Succeeded bySeyfollah Moazzami
Personal details
Born
Gholam Hossein Sadighi Noori

(1905-12-03)3 December 1905
Tehran
Died19 May 1992(1992-05-19) (aged 86)
Tehran
NationalityIranian
Political partyNational Front
Spouse(s)Farahangiz Meftah
Childrentwo daughters (Afarin and Nikou) and a son (Hossein)
ProfessionSociologist

By 1978, Iran was gripped by mass turmoil and there was a significant danger that Mohammad Reza Pahlavi would be toppled by a mass rebellion led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Because of this threat, the Shah appointed Sedighi as the prime minister in order to rally the moderates behind the government and neutralize the religious opposition. However, the plan collapsed over Sedighi's insistence that the Shah remain in the country and that full executive powers be entrusted in the premier's cabinet, two things that the Shah refused to grant. Because of this, Sedighi left the scene and the Shah instead appointed Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar (one of the leaders of the National Front (Iran)) as prime Minister of Iran. Sedighi was a patriot who never left Iran and lived in Tehran until his death in March 1990. He is buried in Ebn-e Baveh cemetery in Iran.

Personal lifeEdit

Sedighi was married to Farahangiz Meftah with whom he had two daughters (Afarin and Nikou Sadighi) and a son (Hossein Sedighi).

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