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    Sharif Emami

    جعفر شریف امامی


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    Jafar Sharifemami was the 66th & 72nd Prime Minister of Iran. He was Senate Speaker from September, 11 1964 to 24 March 1978 from the Rastakhiz Party.Sharif-Imami (September 8, 1910 - June 16, 1998) was an Iranian politician who was Prime Minister from 1960 to 1961 and again in 1978. He was a cabinet minister, president of the Iranian Senate, president of the Pahlavi Foundation, president of the Iran Chamber of Industries and Mines, and twice prime minister during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.Sharif-Emami was Born in Tehran on September 8, 1910 to a clerical family. After high school, Sharif-Emami was sent (along with thirty other young men) to Germany where he studied for eighteen months, returning to Iran in 1930 to work with State Railroad Organization until the Anglo-Soviet Invasion. Years later he was sent to Sweden for technical training, returning in 1939. Held in detention by the invaders.Arrested in summer of 1943 for alleged ties to Germany he was kept in detention along with many other members of Iran's elite. After his release he was appointed director general of the Irrigation Agency. In June 1950, prime minister and General Haj-Ali Razmara appointed him acting minister and then minister of roads, his first cabinet post.He served as a Minister in Manuchehr Eqbal's cabinet. He became Prime Minister in 1960 and again in 1978 a few months before the overthrow of the Shah. He was appointed prime minister by Shah on August 27, 1978 because of his ties to clergy. During his short tenure, he undid many of the Shah's plans including the closing of casinos (owned by Pahlavi Foundation,which ironically he was the chairman for many years), abandoning the Imperial calendar, abolishing the Rastakhiz Party and allowing all political parties to be active. All of his efforts to reform the political system in Iran, was overshadowed by the Black Friday massacre in Jaleh Square (September 8, 1978), mass protests, martial law and nationwide strikes, which brought the country's economy to its knees. He resigned his post on November 6, 1978.For some years he was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iran, which gave him some informal influence among Iran's political elite. He was notorious as one of the most corrupt officials in Shah's regime (nicknamed Mr. 5 Percent). He died on June 16, 1998 in NewSharifemami was the 66th & 72nd Prime Minister of Iran. He was Senate Speaker from September, 11 1964 to 24 March 1978 from the Rastakhiz Party.Sharif-Imami (September 8, 1910 - June 16, 1998) was an Iranian politician who was Prime Minister from 1960 to 1961 and again in 1978. He was a cabinet minister, president of the Iranian Senate, president of the Pahlavi Foundation, president of the Iran Chamber of Industries and Mines, and twice prime minister during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.Sharif-Emami was Born in Tehran on September 8, 1910 to a clerical family. After high school, Sharif-Emami was sent (along with thirty other young men) to Germany where he studied for eighteen months, returning to Iran in 1930 to work with State Railroad Organization until the Anglo-Soviet Invasion. Years later he was sent to Sweden for technical training, returning in 1939. Held in detention by the invaders.Arrested in summer of 1943 for alleged ties to Germany he was kept in detention along with many other members of Iran's elite. After his release he was appointed director general of the Irrigation Agency. In June 1950, prime minister and General Haj-Ali Razmara appointed him acting minister and then minister of roads, his first cabinet post.He served as a Minister in Manuchehr Eqbal's cabinet. He became Prime Minister in 1960 and again in 1978 a few months before the overthrow of the Shah. He was appointed prime minister by Shah on August 27, 1978 because of his ties to clergy. During his short tenure, he undid many of the Shah's plans including the closing of casinos (owned by Pahlavi Foundation,which ironically he was the chairman for many years), abandoning the Imperial calendar, abolishing the Rastakhiz Party and allowing all political parties to be active. All of his efforts to reform the political system in Iran, was overshadowed by the Black Friday massacre in Jaleh Square (September 8, 1978), mass protests, martial law and nationwide strikes, which brought the country's economy to its knees. He resigned his post on November 6, 1978.For some years he was also the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iran, which gave him some informal influence among Iran's political elite. He was notorious as one of the most corrupt officials in Shah's regime (nicknamed Mr. 5 Percent). He died on June 16, 1998 in New York City.

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