Iranian presidential election, July 1981

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Iranian presidential election, 1981

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Registered 22,687,017[1]
Turnout 64.24%[1]

  Mohammad-Ali Rajai picture.jpg AbbasSheybani.jpg
Nominee Mohammad-Ali Rajai Abbas Sheibani
Party IRP Independent
Popular vote 12,960,619 626,301
Percentage 91.0% 4.4%

President before election

Abolhassan Banisadr

Elected President

Mohammad-Ali Rajai

The Iranian presidential election of July 1981 took place on 24 July 1981 after the previous Iranian president, Abolhassan Banisadr, was impeached by the Majlis on 21 June and then sacked by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, on 22 June. This led to the election of Mohammad Ali Rajai, the previous prime minister, winning 13,001,761 votes out of the 14,573,803 votes cast, which was 89% of the votes. The vote turnout was 65.29%.[2]

Rajai was killed a few weeks later on 30 August 1981, together with his prime minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar.


Party Candidate Nohen et al[3] ISSDP[1]
Votes % Votes %
Islamic Republican Party Mohammad-Ali Rajai 12,960,619 88.51 12,779,050 87.69
Islamic Republican Party Abbas Sheibani 626,301 4.28 658,498 4.52
Islamic Republican Party Ali Akbar Parvaresh 401,035 2.74 339,646 2.33
Islamic Republican Party Habibollah Asgaroladi 252,349 1.72 249,457 1.71
Blank or invalid votes 402,248 2.75 547,152 3.75
Totals 14,642,552 100 14,573,803 100


  1. ^ a b c "1981 Presidential Election", The Iran Social Science Data Portal, Princeton University, retrieved 10 August 2015
  2. ^ Buchta, Wilfried (2000). Who rules Iran? (PDF). The Washington Institute and The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. p. 36.
  3. ^ Nohlen, Dieter; Grotz, Florian; Hartmann, Christof (2001). "Iran". Elections in Asia: A Data Handbook. I. Oxford University Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-19-924958-X.

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