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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Persian: mahmūd 'ahmadīy nezhād

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

(1956-) President of Iran (2005-), mayor of Teheran 2003-2005.
Ahmadinejad is generally considered to be very conservative in his views, believing in a strict interpretation of Islam. He is also considered to be honest and reliable, which may have been the decisive part of his character, giving him the victory in the 2005 presidential elections.
On the international arena he has marked himself as a strong contender to the USA and he has called for the destruction of the state of Israel. He has also gained much criticism for his questioning of the accuracy concerning Holocaust.
He has been strong in demanding Iranian rights to develop nuclear technology, insisting that Iran's program for this has solely peaceful aims. The latter is questioned by foreign interests, especially USA has expressed concerns that Iran plans to develop nuclear weapons.
During his time in office, Iran's infrastructure challenges have increased, with recurring cuts in electricity, gas and water.

1956 October 28: Born in the Semnan province, in the small village of Aradan, as the son of a blacksmith. His family name was Sabourjian, and he and his family were Jewish.
1960's?: His family converts to Islam, and family name is changed to Ahmadinejad.
1976: Joins the Iran University of Science and Technology to study civil engineering.
1986: Graduates as a civil engineer.
2003 May 3: Becomes mayor of Teheran.
2005 June 24: Is elected president of Iran in the second round of the popular elections.
August 3: Succeeds Mohammed Khatami as president of Iran, steps down as mayor of Teheran.

By Tore Kjeilen