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Hossein Marashi : biography

17 November 1958 -

Hossein Marashi ( حسین مرعشی; born 17 November 1958 in Rafsanjan) is an Iranian politician who was the Iranian Vice President for Cultural Heritage and Tourism. Prior to that, Marashi represented Kerman in the Iranian parliament. He strongly backed opposition candidate Mousavi in the 2009 Iranian election.BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, another former president.BBC Mr Marashi is also reportedly a close ally of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president. He is Deputy Leader of Executives of Construction Party since 4 May 2011.

He was the head of kerman province for near 9 years . the greatest work that he has done at that time, founding ‘ movlalmovahedin charity’ was. Big companies like Mahan Air or Kerman Khodro belong to This charity.

As the head of Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, Marashi increased the budget of the organization. But at the same time, some of Marashi's opposers believe that the disappearance of some invaluable historical pieces and destruction of some historical building happened during his responsibility, and they claim that despite public pressure, he never took any action to stop the trend. Marashi supported the construction of Sivand Dam in the territory of Pasargad.

On 19 March 2010 it was announced Marashi had been jailed by the Iran after a court of appeals held up his one year prison term but he was released in 25 January 2011.Marashi Jailed BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8576834.stm

Marashi is cousin of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's wife.

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