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Dorri's Resignation Accepted, Yunesi Prepares Agenda

February 8, 1999, TEHRAN TIMES CITY DESK

Information Minister Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi yesterday went to President's Office to submit his resignation to President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, a reliable source said yesterday. The source, talking to the TEHRAN TIMES on condition of anonymity, said the President has accepted his resignation.

An earlier story published by the TEHRAN TIMES on Jan. 20 had predicted that Ali Yunesi would replace Dorri-Najafabadi. Also yesterday, Yunesi was appointed as minister of information by the President and he is now busy preparing his future agenda as country's intelligence chief.

Khatami is to introduce Yunesi to the Majlis as new information minister for the approval. Yunesi is one of three members who, on behalf of President Khatami, successfully conducted an inquiry into the recent murders of dissidents and writers.

It was also said yesterday that the deputy information ministers Pour-Mohammadi and Ashna will also be replaced.

Dorri-Najafabadi will be appointed as advisor to Khatami and will also continue to head the Committee for Planning in the Expediency Council.

Yunesi was born in 1955 in Nahavand, Hamadan Province. After completing his religious education, he joined Qom Theological School where he studied under the guidance of martyr Mohammad Besheshti and martyr Qoddosi. In 1980, he completed his education and in 1986, Qom Islamic Seminary certified his credentials as an official for Judiciary.

In 1981, he received graduation in education from Judicial Sciences University and received M.A. in 1997 in the subject of national security affairs. Yunesi started his political career when the Imam was in exile. He attended meetings of the revolutionary figures such as Ayatollah Qoddosi and Haideri. He was active against the Shah's regime as a supporter of Abuzar Group.

When the Shah's regime tries to dismantle Abuzar Group Yunesi tried to put a new life in it. Because of pressure exerted by Shah's secret but dreaded police SAVAK Yunesi went into exile and joined the Palestinian and Lebanese guerilla camp. Upon return home he resumed his political activities and therefore he was again persecuted by SAVAK. He was arrested during uprising of people against the regime in Nahavand in 1979 and was arrested by SAVAK and after undergoing severe torture he was transferred to office of SAVAK in Hamadan.

After the victory of the Islamic Revolution he has under taken the following positions. He was one of the seven-member delegation that was responsible for allocation of land in Qom. He headed Tehran Revolutionary Court and also headed Army Revolutionary Court. He was an official of political and ideological instructions of the Islamic revolution Committee. He also cooperated with Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri in the establishment of the Information Ministry.

Yunesi was also representative of the deputy commander in chief of the Armed forces in the military intelligence department. Also worked as general prosecutor in Tehran for four years. He was holding the post head of Judicial Organization of armed Forces.


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