National Council of Iran

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National Council of Iran
Spokesperson Reza Pahlavi [1]
Founder Reza Pahlavi [2]
FoundedApril 2013;5 years ago (2013-04) [3]
Headquarters Paris, France [4]
Ideology Monarchism [1]
Secularism [4]
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The National Council of Iran (NCI; Persian : شورای ملی ایران, translit.  Šurā-ye melli-e Īrān), officially the National Council of Iran for Free Elections, [5] is a loosely based umbrella group of the exiled opposition to Iran's Islamic Republic government. [2] It serves as Reza Pahlavi's government in exile in order to either reclaim the former throne [1] or as the new president of Iran [6] after overthrowing the current government.

The "self-styled" [6] National Council claims to have gathered "tens of thousands of pro-democracy proponents from both inside and outside Iran." [4] spanning It also claims to represent religious and ethnic minorities. [7] According to Kenneth Katzman, the group which was established with over 30 groups has "suffered defections and its activity level appears minimal". [3]


  1. 1 2 3 Parker Richards (29 January 2016). "Pahlavi, Elie Wiesel, Rev. King to Be Honored for Promoting Peace". Observer . Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 Olivia Ward (1 June 2013). "Reza Pahlavi, son of Shah, heads pro-democracy group to end Iran's Islamic regime". Toronto Star. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. 1 2 Kenneth Katzman (2 June 2017), Iran: Politics, Human Rights, and U.S. Policy (PDF), Federation of American Scientists, p. 27, retrieved 16 June 2017
  4. 1 2 3 Elaine Ganley (2 May 2013). "AP Interview: New job for son of toppled shah". Associated Press. Retrieved 1 June 2017 via Yahoo.
  5. Reza Pahlavi (11 November 2016). "An Open Letter From The President Of The Iran National Council To The President-Elect". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. 1 2 Maciej Milczanowski (2014), "US Policy towards Iran under President Barack Obama's Administration" (PDF), Hemispheres: Studies on Cultures and Societies, Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures Polish Academy of Sciences, 29 (4): 53–66, ISSN   0239-8818
  7. Sonia Verma (6 June 2014). "Shah's son seeks support for people's revolution against Iran". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 17 June 2017.