Mohammad-Reza Khatami

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Mohammad-Reza Khatami
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Mohammad Reza Khatami in 2019
First Deputy of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 2003 – 28 May 2004
Preceded byBehzad Nabavi
Succeeded byMohammad-Reza Bahonar
In office
28 May 2001 – 28 May 2002
Preceded byBehzad Nabavi
Succeeded byBehzad Nabavi
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
26 May 2000 – 28 May 2004
ConstituencyTehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Majority1,794,365 (61.21%)
Personal details
Born1959 (age 60–61)
Ardakan, Iran
Political partyUnion of Islamic Iran People Party
Spouse(s)Zahra Eshraghi
Alma materTehran University of Medical Sciences

Mohammad-Reza Khatami (Persian: محمدرضا خاتمی‎, born 1959) is an Iranian politician and nephrologist.

Early life and education[edit]

Khatami was born in Ardakan, Iran, in 1959. He is younger brother of former president Mohammad Khatami.[1] Khatami is educated in medicine and before entering politics, he was a practicing nephrologist (kidney specialist) for a number of years. He is a faculty member of Tehran University of Medical sciences.


Khatami was the first Secretary-General of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the largest Iranian reformist party. He is now a member of the central council of the party. He is also the former deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament. He entered politics in 1997 after his brother's victory and was appointed deputy minister of health.[1]

He was elected in March 2000 for the sixth term of the Islamic Republic's parliament's election as the first representative of Tehran with 1,794,365 votes from the people of Tehran. He has also acted as the manager in charge of the now-banned reformist daily Mosharekat. Sometimes described as "ultraliberal" in his views, he was "disqualified from running for any office by the Guardian Council."[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, Khatami married Zahra Eshraghi, granddaughter of Ruhollah Khomeini (founder of the Islamic republic), and an activist in women's rights.[3][4] They have two children — a daughter, Fatemeh, who at the moment studying at a university in London, and a son, Ali.

On 28 March 2020, Khatami announced he tests positive for COVID-19 with publishing a video showing he is at hospital.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Profile: Mohammad Reza Khatami". BBC. 8 July 2003. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  2. ^ Majd, Hooman, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ : The Paradox of Modern Iran, by Hooman Majd, Doubleday, 2008, 197
  3. ^ Sciolino, Elaine (2 April 2003). "Daughter of the Revolution Fights the Veil". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ Bar, Shmuel (2004). "Iranian Defense Doctrine and Decision Making" (PDF). Institute for Policy and Strategy. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ Former Iran deputy speaker infected with coronavirus
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Behzad Nabavi
1st Vice Speaker of Parliament of Iran
Succeeded by
Behzad Nabavi
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Reza Bahonar
Preceded by
Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani
2nd Vice Speaker of Parliament of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohsen Armin
Preceded by
Mohsen Armin
Succeeded by
Behzad Nabavi
Academic offices
Preceded by
Mohammad-Javad Larijani
President of the Majlis Research Center
Succeeded by
Ahmad Tavakoli
Party political offices
New title
Party established
Secretary-General of Islamic Iran Participation Front
Succeeded by
Mohsen Mirdamadi
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri
Most voted MP for Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr
Succeeded by
Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel