Mehdi Chamran

Mehdi Chamran (Persian: مهدی چمران‎) is an Iranian architect and conservative politician who last held office as the chairman of City Council of Tehran.

Mehdi Chamran
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Chairman of City Council of Tehran
In office
3 September 2014 – 22 August 2017
DeputyMorteza Talaie
Preceded byAhmad Masjed-Jamei
Succeeded byMohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani
In office
29 April 2003 – 3 September 2013
DeputyHassan Bayadi
Preceded byMohammad Atrianfar
Succeeded byAhmad Masjed-Jamei
Member of City Council of Tehran
In office
29 April 2003 – 22 August 2017
Personal details
Born (1941-09-09) 9 September 1941 (age 78)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyPopular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces
Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Branch/serviceIrregular Warfare Headquarters
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War

Early life and educationEdit

Chamran is the brother of Mostafa Chamran.[1] They were both members of the "Red Shiism", a radical group that was founded by Mostafa in the US in 1965.[2]


Chamran served as the head of Iran's external intelligence. He was among those who contributed to the Iran's nuclear development program from the start.[3] He was the chairman of the City Council of Tehran[4] from 2003 to 2013. He received the most votes from the Tehrani electorate in three of the elections he was elected in, in 2003, 2006 and 2013.

A major supporter of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his mayorship,[5] Chamran turned towards Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and his supporters during the 2006 elections,[6] which resulted in a three-way split of the third Tehran council between the two conservative factions and reformist candidates. Comparatively, the second council only consisted of conservative members and the first council mostly of reformist members.


  1. ^ Shaery-Eisenlohr, Roschanack (2008). Shiʻite Lebanon: transnational religion and the making of national identities. Columbia University Press. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-231-14426-1.
  2. ^ Barsky, Yehudit (May 2003). "Hizballah" (PDF). The American Jewish Committee. Archived from the original (Terrorism Briefing) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ Jesper, William F. (31 August 2009). "No state sponsors, no terror". The New American. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Imam Musa Sadr Was Imam Khomeini's Right Hand in Arab Countries". AhlulBayt News Agency. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  5. ^ Gheissari, Ali (2009). Contemporary Iran: economy, society, politics. Oxford University Press. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-19-537849-8.
  6. ^ Naji, Kasra (2008). Ahmadinejad: the secret history of Iran's radical leader. I.B. Tauris. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-84511-636-1.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Masjed-Jamei
Chairman of the City Council of Tehran
Succeeded by
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by
Mohammad Atrianfar
Chairman of the City Council of Tehran
Succeeded by
Ahmad Masjed-Jamei
Preceded by
Sedigheh Vasmaghi
Spokesperson of the City Council of Tehran
Succeeded by
Khosrow Daneshjou
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Abdollah Nouri
Most-voted Councilor of Tehran
2003, 2006 and 2013
Succeeded by
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani