Mohammad Tavasoli

Mohammad Tavasoli
Mohammad Tavasoli.JPG
Tavasoli in 2012
Mayor of Tehran
In office
26 February 1979 – 5 January 1981
Preceded byJavad Shahrestani
Succeeded byReza Zavare'i (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1938-05-15) 15 May 1938 (age 81)
Tehran, Iran [1]
Political partyFreedom Movement of Iran
Spouse(s)Mina Yazdi[2]
RelativesEbrahim Yazdi (brother-in-law)[2]
Alma materUniversity of Tehran

Mohammad Tavasoli (Persian: محمد توسلی‎) is an Iranian democracy activist and politician. He is the Secretary-General and also the director of the political office of the Freedom Movement party.[3]

Early life[]

Tavasoli studied at Tehran University in 1956 and was one of the members of Anjoman-e Eslami. He joined the freedom movement soon after it was established. He went to Germany in 1962 to study transportation and traffic. After visiting the United States in 1967, he was returned to Iran and banned from traveling. He was arrested in 1971 because he helped a member of MEK and was jailed for one year. Before the Iranian Revolution, he was one the staff responsible for the advertising campaign rally to welcome Ruhollah Khomeini back to Iran after 15 years.

Political career[]

After the Iranian Revolution, he was elected as Mayor of Tehran. He was mayor from February 1979 until February 1980. He was jailed with Hashem Sabbaghian in 1983 but was released seven months later. He was jailed again after the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests after participating in a rally in June 2009.[4]


  1. ^ a b Houchang E. Chehabi (1990). Iranian Politics and Religious Modernism: The Liberation Movement of Iran Under the Shah and Khomeini. I.B.Tauris. p. 87. ISBN 1850431981.
  2. ^ a b "Iran Freedom Movement Names New Head", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 18 September 2017, retrieved 21 October 2017
  3. ^ Daniel Nasaw and Matthew Weaver (18 June 2009). "Iran protests: live". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  4. ^ بازداشت توسلی، انتقام از آزادی است [Tavassoli custody, revenge of freedom] (in Arabic). 28 July 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Javad Shahrestani
Mayor of Tehran
Succeeded by
Reza Zavarei
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ebrahim Yazdi
Secretary-General of the Freedom Movement of Iran
Head of Political Bureau of the Freedom Movement of Iran
Unknown–December 1978
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Abbas Amir-Entezam