Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani

Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani (Persian: محمدرضا راه‌چمنی‎‎; 1 December 1952 – 9 March 2020) was an Iranian physician[1] and reformist politician. From 1984 to 2000, he represented Sabzevar in the Iranian Parliament.[1] During the early 2000s, he headed Iran's State Welfare Organization.[2]

Mohammad-Reza Rahchamani
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Rahchamani in 2018
Head of State Welfare Organization
In office
20 September 2001 – 5 September 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byGholamreza Ansari
Succeeded byAbulhassan Faghih
Member of the Parliament
In office
28 May 1984 – 28 May 2000
ConstituencySabzevar
Majority94,867 (64.4%)
Personal details
Born(1952-12-01)1 December 1952
Sabzevar, Iran
Died9 March 2020(2020-03-09) (aged 67)
Tehran, Iran
Cause of deathCOVID-19
NationalityIranian
Political partyIslamic Association of Iranian Medical Society
Islamic Iran Solidarity Party
Alma materFerdowsi University of Mashhad

Early life and educationEdit

Rahchamani was born in 1952 in Sabzevar and studied medicine.[1] There is no record of imprisonment for him before the Iranian Revolution, and he is not an Iran–Iraq War veteran.[1]

CareerEdit

A founding member of the Islamic Iran Solidarity Party,[1] from 1998 to 2002 he was the party's secretary-general and in 2006 became chairman of the central council.[3] He was also a founding member of the Islamic Association of Iranian Medical Society.[4]

In 2020, as the secretary-general of the National Unity and Cooperation Party, he defied the decision of mainstream reformists for not taking part in the 2020 Iranian legislative election, by announcing a coalition of twelve reformist parties.[5]

DeathEdit

Rahchamani died at the age of 67 as a result of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 9 March 2020.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Boroujerdi, Mehrzad; Rahimkhani, Kourosh (2018). Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook. Syracuse University Press. p. 682. ISBN 9780815654322.
  2. ^ Dareini, Ali Akbar (11 July 2003), "Twins Return in Separate Coffins to Iran", The Associated Press, retrieved 14 February 2020
  3. ^ "Rah-Chamani elected Solidarity Party Central Council chairman", Tehran Times, 8 October 2006, retrieved 14 February 2020
  4. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. 30 July 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  5. ^ "With Most Reformists Barred, Iran's Parliamentary Elections Offer Little Choice", RFE/RL, 8 February 2020, retrieved 14 February 2020
  6. ^ "Former Iranian MP dies of coronavirus". Tehran Times. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Gholamreza Ansari
Head of State Welfare Organization
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Abolhassan Faqih
Party political offices
New title
Party founded
Secretary-General of Islamic Iran Solidarity Party
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh
Secretary-General of National Unity and Cooperation Party of Islamic Iran
2012–2020
Succeeded by
TBD