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Mostafa Moeen (Persian: مصطفی معین; born 1 April 1951 in Najafabad, Isfahan), is an Iranian politician, professor of Pediatrics, and a human right activist which is currently founder and president of Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran. He was a presidential candidate for the 2005 Iranian presidential election. His campaign enjoyed the support of some reformist parties and organizations, headed by the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF).
|Minister of Science|
20 August 1997 – 23 June 2003
|Preceded by||Mohammad Reza Hashemi|
|Succeeded by||Jafar Towfighi|
19 August 1989 – 28 August 1993
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Farhadi|
|Succeeded by||Mohammad Reza Hashemi|
|Member of the Parliament of Iran|
24 June 1997 – 19 August 1997
28 May 1988 – 19 August 1989
|Constituency||Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat|
25 January 1983 – 28 May 1984
|Born||April 1, 1951|
|Political party||Islamic Iran Participation Front|
|Islamic Association of Iranian Medical SocietyFront for Democracy and Human Rights|
|Alma mater||Shiraz University of Medical Sciences|
Currently, he is the director of Immunology, Asthma and Allergy Research Institute, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS).
Moeen was born in 1951 in the city of Najaf Abad. At age 18, he was accepted to Shiraz University medical school, and after the Iranian Revolution, he was appointed as the president of Shiraz University. He was elected as representative of Shiraz in mid-term elections of the first Parliament of Iran in 1982.
Moeen was the Minister of Culture and Higher Education under President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1993) and President Mohammad Khatami (1997-2000), and later became the Minister of Science, Research, and Technology (the same post, with a changed name) under President Khatami (2000-2003). As a Minister, Moeen resigned after the student protests of July 1999, and again in July, 2003 after he failed to persuade the Council of Guardians to redirect his ministry towards his vision of higher "scientific productivity".
On October 12, 2004, Mir-Hossein Mousavi declined to run for the presidency, causing the Islamic Iran Participation Front to consider Moeen instead. IIPF members soon announced his nomination. On December 29, 2004, Moeen agreed to run for the presidency, as the first major candidate to announce his participation.
Contrary to the general expectations and the poll results, Moeen, who was expected to be among the first three most popular candidates in the first round, fared poorly and ranked fifth in the end, with the election resulting in a run-off between Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Moeen's present campaign was headed by Ali Shakouri-Rad, and he was supported by the following political parties and organizations:
- Islamic Iran Participation Front
- Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization (sāzmān-e mojāhedin-e enghelāb-e eslāmi)
- Movement for Liberation of Iran (nehzat-e āzādi-e irān)
- Council of National-Religional Forces (shorāy-e niruhāy-e melli mazhabi)
- Islamic Association of the Medical Society (anjoman-e eslāmi-e jāme'e-ye pezeshki)
- Islamic Association of the Teachers (anjoman-e eslāmi-e mo'allemān)
- Islamic Association of University Lecturers (anjoman-e eslāmi-e modarresin-e dāneshgāh-hā)
Mostafa Moin is one of the leading Iranian researchers in the field of pediatric immunology and allergy. He is currently president of a research center affiliated with the Tehran medical school.