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Who is Maryam Rajavi?
Maryam Rajavi is currently the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
She was born in Tehran in 1953. She graduated from Sharif University of Technology studying metallurgy engineering. Her life as a political activist began in 1973.
Until 1978 Maryam Rajavi was active against the Shah’s regime as an official involved in the students’ movement association to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). From 1979 to 1981 she was a senior official of the PMOI Social Department.
In 1980 she was registered as a candidate for Tehran in the parliamentary elections. Her older sister, Narges, was executed in 1980 by the Shah’s intelligence service.
Her other sister, Masoumeh, studying industrial engineering, was arrested by the mullahs’ regime and executed while pregnant and after enduring excruciating tortures.
From 1985 to 1989 she served at the same rank of the PMOI Secretary General. She married Massoud Rajavi in 1985. From 1989 to 1993 she served as the PMOI Secretary General.
National Council of Resistance of Iran – Parliament-in-exile
In 1993 Maryam Rajavi was elected as the NCRI President-elect for the transition period.
Maryam Rajavi taking the position of NCRI President-elect presented a major political, social, cultural and ideological challenge against the ruling misogynist mullahs.
During her years in the NCRI Maryam Rajavi has pioneered the most difficult international campaigns against the mullahs’ velayat-e faqih dictatorship.
This includes delisting the PMOI, closing the legal case raised against the PMOI in France, and providing protection for and realizing the transfer of PMOI members out of Iraq.