National Council of Iran Last updated December 06, 2018
National Council of Iran (NCI; Persian : شورای ملی ایران , translit. Šurā-ye melli-e Īrān ), officially the National Council of Iran for Free Elections, is a loosely based umbrella group of the exiled  opposition to Iran's Islamic Republic government. It serves as  Reza Pahlavi's government in exile in order to either reclaim the former throne or as the new  president of Iran after overthrowing the current government. 
National Council claims to have gathered "tens of thousands of pro-democracy proponents from both inside and outside Iran."  spanning It also claims to represent religious and ethnic minorities.  According to Kenneth Katzman, the group which was established with over 30 groups has "suffered defections and its activity level appears minimal".   References 1 2 3 Parker Richards (29 January 2016). "Pahlavi, Elie Wiesel, Rev. King to Be Honored for Promoting Peace". Observer . Retrieved . 1 June 2017 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 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 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. ↑ 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 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 ↑ Sonia Verma (6 June 2014). "Shah's son seeks support for people's revolution against Iran". The Globe and Mail . Retrieved . 17 June 2017
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