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Ebrahim Yazdi
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Yazdi in 2017
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
Constituency Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority 1,128,304 (52.9%)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran
In office
12 April 1979 – 12 November 1979
Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan
Preceded by Karim Sanjabi
Succeeded by Abulhassan Banisadr
Deputy Prime Minister of Iran for Revolutionary Affairs
In office
13 February 1979 – 12 April 1979
Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan
Succeeded by Mostafa Chamran
Personal details
Born (1931-09-26)26 September 1931
Qazvin, Iran
Died 27 August 2017(2017-08-27) (aged 85)
İzmir, Turkey
Nationality Iranian
Political party Freedom Movement of Iran
Other political
  • National Front (1953–1961)
  • Movement of God-Worshipping Socialists (1947–1953)
Alma mater University of Tehran
Baylor University

Ebrahim Yazdi (26 September 1931 – 27 August 2017) was an Iranian politician and diplomat. He served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan, until his resignation in November 1979, in protest at the Iran hostage crisis. From 1995 until 2017, he headed the Freedom Movement of Iran.


Yazdi was arrested in December 1997 for "desecrating religious sanctities" and freed on 26 December on bail. On 17 June 2009, during the 2009 Iranian election protests, it was reported that Yazdi was arrested while undergoing tests at the Tehran hospital according to the Freedom Movement of Iran website. On 22 June, he was released back to the hospital for a medical procedure. On 28 December 2009, Yazdi was arrested again in the wake of renewed protests.

Yazdi and several others were arrested on 1 October 2010 in Isfahan for participating in an "illegal Friday prayer." All others were freed within days. He was released in April 2011.


Yazdi died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in Izmir, Turkey on 27 August 2017.

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  • Sadegh Khalkhali, Khateraateh Khalkhaali (Memoirs of Khalkhaali), Sayeh Publications, Tehran, 2003
  • Abdolali Bazargan, ed, Moshketaal va Masa’ele Av’valeen Saale Enghelaab Az Zabaane Mohandes Bazargaan (Issues of the First Year of the Revolutions as Explained by Mehdi Bazargan), Tehran, 1981

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