Jafar Sharif-Emami

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Jafar Sharif-Emami
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38th Prime Minister of Iran
In office
27 August 1978 6 November 1978
Monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Preceded by Jamshid Amouzegar
Succeeded by Gholam Reza Azhari
In office
31 August 1960 5 May 1961
Monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Preceded by Manouchehr Eghbal
Succeeded by Ali Amini
President of the Senate
In office
11 September 1964 24 March 1978
Monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Preceded by Mohsen Sadr
Succeeded byMohammad Sajadi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
30 July 1960 1 December 1960
Prime Minister Manouchehr Eghbal
Preceded by Abbas Aram
Succeeded by Ghods-Nakhai
Personal details
Born9 September 1910
Tehran, Iran
Died16 June 1998(1998-06-16) (aged 87)
New York City, United States
Political party Rastakhiz Party
Spouse(s)Eshrat Sharif Emami (died November 1997)
Alma mater Tehran University

Jafar Sharif-Imami (Persian : جعفر شریف‌امامی; 9 September 1910 – 16 June 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 and the president of the Iran chamber of industries and mines during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. [1]

Persian language Western Iranian language

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Prime Minister of Iran former a political post in Iran

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Early life and education

Mohammad-Reza Shah welcomes Sharif Emami and his government in Niavaran Palace Sharif Emami, Shah.jpg
Mohammad-Reza Shah welcomes Sharif Emami and his government in Niavaran Palace
Sharif-Emami as President of Senate Dr. Jafar Sharif-Emami (1976).jpg
Sharif-Emami as President of Senate

Sharif-Emami was born in Tehran on 8 September 1910 to a clerical family and his father was a mullah. [2] 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. [2] Years later he was sent to Sweden for technical training, returning in 1939 when he received a degree in engineering. [1]

Tehran City in Iran

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Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran Invasion during World War II

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Career and activities

Sharif-Emami began his career the Iranian state railways in 1931. [3] 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. [1] In 1950, he was appointed undersecretary of roads and communications. [3] In June 1950, prime minister and General Haj Ali Razmara appointed him acting minister and then minister of roads, his first cabinet post. [1]

He served as the minister of industries and mines in Manuchehr Eqbal's cabinet. [4] He was prime minister from 1960 to 1961, and again in 1978, a few months before the overthrow of the Shah. [3] He was appointed prime minister by Shah on 27 August 1978 because of his ties to clergy. [5] Sharif-Emami succeeded Jamshid Amouzegar in the post. [5] [6]

Jamshid Amouzegar Iranian politician

Jamshid Amouzegar was an Iranian economist and politician who was prime minister of Iran from 7 August 1977 to 27 August 1978 when he resigned. Prior to that, he served as the minister of interior and minister of finance in the cabinet of Amir-Abbas Hoveida. He was the leader of Rastakhiz Party during his tenure as prime minister of Iran.

During his short tenure, he undid many of the Shah's plans including the closing of casinos, abandoning the Imperial calendar, abolishing the Rastakhiz Party and allowing all political parties to be active and personally responsible for preventing SAVAK to get involved and preventing the KGB backed clergyman from creating and continuing the 1979 revolution. [4] All of his efforts to reform the political system in Iran, was overshadowed by the Black Friday massacre in Jaleh Square (8 September 1978), mass protests, martial law and nationwide strikes, which brought the country's economy to its knees. He resigned from office amid riots on 5 November 1978. [7] Gholam Reza Azhari replaced him in the post. [3] He was also long-time president of the Iranian senate [8] and chairman of the Pahlavi Foundation. [9] [10] He was one of the close confidants of the Shah. [8]

Black Friday (1978) September 8, 1978, shooting of protesters in Tehran, Iran

Black Friday is the name given to 8 September 1978 because of the shootings in Jaleh Square in Tehran, Iran. Between 84–88 people were killed in the incident and 205 were injured. The deaths were described as the pivotal event in the Iranian Revolution that ended any "hope for compromise" between the protest movement and regime of the Mohammad Reza Shah. The incident is described by historian Ervand Abrahamian as "a sea of blood between the shah and the people."

Gholam Reza Azhari Iranian military leader and prime minister

Gholam Reza Azhari was a military leader and Prime Minister of Iran.

Personal life

Sharif-Emami was married and had three children, two daughters and a son. [3]

For some years he was also the Grand Master of the Freemason Grand Lodge of Iran, which gave him some informal influence among Iran's political elite. [1] [2]

Later years and death

Sharif-Emami left Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution. He settled in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. [3] There he served as the president of the Pahlavi Foundation and later resigned from the post. [3] He died at a hospital on 16 June 1998 at age 87 in New York City. [3] He was buried in Valhalla, New York. [3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abbas Aram
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Hossein Ghods-Nakhai
Preceded by
Manouchehr Eghbal
Prime Minister of Iran
Succeeded by
Ali Amini
Preceded by
Mohsen Sadr
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Mohammad Sajadi
Preceded by
Jamshid Amouzegar
Prime Minister of Iran
Succeeded by
Gholam Reza Azhari