Ex-interior minister Kordan passes away

November 23, 2009

TEHRAN – Former interior minister Ali Kordan, 51, died of stroke on Sunday.

Kordan had been hospitalized on Wednesday. The former minister also suffered from lung and liver diseases.
Presidential adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr said on Thursday that Kordan was suffering from a type of blood cancer due to the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
Kordan jumped to fame as debates over the authenticity of his university degree led to his impeachment and removal in the parliament last year.
Kordan took the post of interior minister on August 5, 2008, after he received 169 votes in favor, 64 against and 36 abstentions. He was dismissed on November 4 last year after the Majlis overwhelmingly voted to oust him.
Before taking over as interior minister, Kordan acted as deputy oil minister. He also served as deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) for some years