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Biography of Mohsen Rezaei

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 22, IRNA -- Mohsen Rezaei Mirqa'ed was born on September 9, 1954 in Masjed Soleyman, southwestern province of Khuzestan.

He is a politician, economist and former military commander, currently the Secretary of the Expediency Council. Before that, Rezaei was commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for 16 years.

Rezaei ran as a conservative presidential candidate in the 2009 elections, coming third with 1.7 percent of the votes.

While studying mechanical engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Rezaei switched to economics after the Iran–Iraq war, studying at Tehran University, where he continued until 2001, when he received his Phd.

He co-founded Imam Hossein University in Tehran and currently teaches there.

The Guardian Council on Tuesday qualified eight hopefuls, including Rezaei, to run in the upcoming presidential race slated for June 14. A total of 686 hopefuls registered from May 7-11 for the 11th presidential election.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

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