Name: Farshad Ghasemi
رئیس جمهور ایران
Assumed Office: 3 August 2013
Predecessor: Milad Jamahiri
Term of Office: 18 March 2009 - 12 August 2012
DoB: 7 December, 1981
Party: Pan-Iranist Party
Farshad Ghasemi, (Persian: فرشاد قاسمی; IPA: [færʃɑd gʌsemi:] is the current President of Iran. A long-time politician and former military officer, he is the head of the democratically elected government of the State of Iran, the fifth democratically elected President of the country.
An author, musician, lawyer, and adept in philosophy, his administration introduced a range of secularization, progressive social and political reforms. Ghasemi is a popular politician among the people, but unpopular in both chambers of Majlis, in part due to his opposition to the genocidal policies the Majlis continuously demands.
Ghasemi was born on 1981, two years after the catastrophic Islamic Revolution began, and only three months after the beginning of the Great War. A Tehrani, he was not overly affected by the Iran-Iraq war as much as many others in the border regions were, but even then, the oldest memory Farshad has is of the bombing of Tehran in the first series of the Iraqi raids in the War in the Cities on February 1983. Ghasemi's young life was constantly affected by both the War, the brutal policies implemented by the Islamist regime in the same period, and later the short-lived Socialist Mujahideen government in 1988. The coup that toppled the Mujahideen Government and established the modern State of Iran was implemented on his seventh birthday.
Ghasemi attended the Allameh Helli NODET school in both secondary and high school. The Allameh Helli schools are some of the prestigious schools in Iran, built during the latter years of the monarchist regime, and the High School would come to be the most prestigious High School in the entirety of Asian Continent a decade after Ghasemi's own graduation in 1999. Ghasemi's final years in the NODET school were not pleasant, in particular as the schools were undergoing a series of reforms that destabilized their quality in the time. Despite that, Ghasemi successfully double-majored in History and Political Science in the Tehran University, the country's most prestigious university in Humanities.
After graduating from Tehran University with a License in both fields, Ghasemi performed his military service. 2 years of Military Service is mandatory in Iran, as it has been since the early years of Reza Shah's reign. Ghasemi was deployed to the border regions in Pakistan. During the Iranian Intervention in the Pakistani Civil War, he took part in the siege of Quetta, eventually forcing the official government to recognize the independence of Sindh and Baluchistan in 2004. He returned home in 2005 a honored and esteemed war veteran.
Term as the Senator of Tehran
Ghasemi entered Iranian politics as a largely irrelevant individual. He was elected as the representative of the Yusefabad neighborhood (which represented District 6 of the city) in Tehran's city council on 2005, only months after his return home. As a member of the city council, Ghasemi became popular with the Pan-Iranist Party, which respected military prowess, education, and attempts to enforce Iran's domination in regions historically Iranian or part of the 'Greater Iran'. He joined the Pan-Iranist party in 2006, and was on their Senatorial List in the election of 2009.
Ghasemi was one the holder of the seven Pan-Iranist seats in 2009-2013. As a senator, he would continuously vote against the SUMKA majority in acts and resolutions that supported genocidal policies against Iran's ethnic minorities and acts of Imperialist aggression against Iran's much weaker neighbors. The Pan-Iranist Party itself was, and remains divided regarding the policy, as a large plurality oppose military action in support of reforming Greater Iran. During the Arab Spring, Ghasemi supported helping and aiding pro-democracy movements and opposed Islamist rebellious movements. In particular, he spearheaded the Iranian Intervention in the Egyptian Revolution against the Islamist government that had replaced Mubarak. His policy would mark the rise of Iranian interventionism in the region, which manifested in the intervention in Syrian, Iraqi, and Yemeni Civil Wars during his own term as President.
President of Iran
Ghasemi resigned from his Senatorial seat in 2012 in preparation for his campaign for the Presidential Election of 2013. His main opponents were Rayan Lashgari, the SUMKA candidate; Peyman Zenderudi, the National Front candidate; and Gisu Meshkati, the Tudeh Party candidate. He eventually defeated the Tudeh candidate in a close run, winning by three percents, and becoming elected as the President under a platform of Interventionism, Progressive Policies, and a rollback in the country's brutal policies against its minorities. The latter found him much support among various minority groups and many of the independents who would have voted for the Tudeh Party if not.
As the Iranian President, Farshad has implemented a number of progressive social and economic policies, further secularizing and liberalizing the society and reforming the education system. He is an ardent supporter of Interventionism, and personally spearheaded the movements for Intervention in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. He further improved relations with Oman, Egypt, and Israel, supporting the liberalization and establishment of democracy in many neighboring countries.
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