Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani

Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani
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Mahdavi Kani in 2013
Chairman of the Assembly of Experts
In office
8 March 2011 – 21 October 2014
Preceded byAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Succeeded byMahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi (acting)
Acting Prime Minister of Iran
In office
2 September 1981 – 29 October 1981
PresidentAli Khamenei
Preceded byMohammad-Javad Bahonar
Succeeded byMir-Hossein Mousavi
Minister of Interior
In office
20 August 1980 – 1 October 1981
Prime MinisterMohammad-Ali Rajai
Mohammad-Javad Bahonar
Preceded byAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Succeeded byAli Akbar Nategh-Nouri
Minister of Justice
In office
12 August 1980 – 20 August 1980
Prime MinisterMohammad-Ali Rajai
Preceded byAhmad Sayyed Javadi
Succeeded byAssodollah Mobasheri
Personal details
Born(1931-08-06)6 August 1931
Kan District, Tehran, Iran
Died21 October 2014(2014-10-21) (aged 83)
Tehran, Iran
Political partyCombatant Clergy Association
Spouse(s)Nesa Khaton Sorkhei (1960–2014, his death)
RelativesAli Bagheri
Alma materQom Seminary
SignatureOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Service/branchRevolutionary Committees
Years of service1979–1982
CommandsChief Commander of Revolutionary Committees

Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani (Persian: محمدرضا مهدوی کنی‎, 6 August 1931 – 21 October 2014) was an Iranian cleric, writer and conservative politician who was Acting Prime Minister of Iran from 2 September until 29 October 1981. Before that, he was Minister of Interior and Minister of Justice in the cabinets of Mohammad-Ali Rajai and Mohammad-Javad Bahonar. He was the leader of Combatant Clergy Association and Chairman of the Assembly of Experts and also founder and president of Imam Sadiq University.

On 4 June 2014, Mahdavi Kani was hospitalized in Bahman Hospital and went into a coma after suffering a heart attack. He died on 21 October 2014.[1]

Early life

Mahdavi Kani was born on 6 August 1931[2] in the village of Kan, near Tehran.[3] His father was an Ayatollah and taught in the Mofid School.[4] After he finished basic education in Kan, he studied at Borhan High School in Tehran. He left for Qom in 1947 to study at a religious seminary.[3] His teachers included Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Nematollah Salehi Najafabadi,Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Reza Golpayegani, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Boroujerdi and Allameh Sayyed Muhammad Husayn Tabatabaei.[3]

He comes back to Tehran in 1961 to teach religious sciences. In that Time, most of clerics participated in protests against Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi known in that Time as “taghoot”. Mahdavi kani also added to these clerics and formed alliance with Ayatollah khoemeini.[3] Also He imprisoned by Shah three times.[5]