October 14, 2021
A former Revolutionary Guards commander has been appointed as the governor of Razavi Khorasan, the latest example of the Guards’ continued infiltration of all aspects of Iran’s political and economic life.
According to Iranian media reports, plans to instal Commander Yaghoubali Nazari as the governor of the northeastern province received a vote of confidence during a cabinet meeting on Saturday, October 10.
During his career in the Guards, Nazari served as the former commander of the Imam Reza Corps, the deputy of the fifth Nasr Khorasan Division, deputy coordinator of Imam Reza Corps, and was also in charge of commanding the Ansar-e Reza Corps in South Khorasan Province.
The announcement came as Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi also appointed Brigadier General Saeed Mohammad as his advisor on free trade and industry and special economic zones.
Prior to this, Ehsan Khandouzi, the Minister of Economy and Finance, had appointed Mohammad as Secretary of the Supreme Council of Free Zones. Mohammad’s political aspirations have been clear for some time, and he had resigned as commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Headquarters to run in the last presidential election, but failed to gain approval from the Guardian Council to run against Raisi and other candidates.
Alongside the steps taken to embed former Revolutionary Guards into influential political positions in the provinces, Fars News Agency and other outlets revealed that a politician from the Ahmadinejad era had been given the job of the governor of Tehran province. The cabinet approved the appointment of Mohsen Mansouri, who served as governor of Varamin County during the former president’s tenure. Mansouri was born in 1984 in the city of Varamin, making him relatively young for such a prominent portfolio.
During the Iranian presidential election, Mohsen Mansouri served as the deputy coordinator for Ebrahim Raisi’s campaign.