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Ali Akbar Velayati
Ali Akbar Velayati (علیاکبر ولایتی; born June 25, 1945 in Tehran) is an Iranian politician and a pediatrician, currently an Advisor in International Affairs to the Supreme Leader. He was the Foreign Minister of Iran for more than 15 years (December 15, 1981 – August 20, 1997), making him the longest-serving Foreign Minister in Iranian history.
After winning the presidential election on October 13, 1981, President Ali Khamenei proposed Velayati as his prime minister to the Majlis of Iran, but Majlis voted against him (74/80/38) on October 22. Khamenei later proposed Mir-Hossein Mousavi who gained Majlis's approval.
Velayati was under considered by the conservative alliance of Iran as a possible candidate for Iranian presidential election of 2005, but he announced that he does not accept candidacy of conservative alliance and will run as an Independent.
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