1989 Iranian presidential election

Iranian presidential election, 1989

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 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Portrait (5).jpgAbbasSheybani.jpg
NomineeAkbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAbbas Sheibani
Popular vote15,537,394632,583

President before election

Ali Khamenei

Elected President

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

The Iranian presidential election of 1989 took place on July 28, 1989, after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the selection of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the previous President of Iran, as the new Supreme Leader of Iran. Out of the seventy-nine candidates registered to run, only two were approved by the Council of Guardians, which resulted in a very predictable win by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the previous Speaker of Majlis.

The Iranian constitution was amended by referendum on the same day.


Party Candidate Nohen et al[2] ISSDP[1]
Votes % Votes %
Combatant Clergy Association Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 15,537,394 94.51 15,550,528 94.52
Independent Abbas Sheibani 632,583 3.85 635,165 3.86
Blank or invalid votes 269,270 1.64 266,984 1.62
Totals 16,439,247 100 16,452,677 100