Ahmadinejad, born Mahmoud Saborjhian was the son of a
blacksmith, born near Garmsar in the village of Aradan in
Talysh family on 28 October.
In 1976, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took Iran's national
university entrance contests. He has claimed that he
ranked 132nd out of 400,000 participants that year, and
soon enrolled in the (IUST) as an undergraduate student
of civil engineering . It is not clear what he did during the
next ten years.
It has been widely reported that after Saddam Hussein
invaded Iran, Ahmadinejad joined the Army of the
Guardians of the Islamic Revolution and served in their
intelligence and security apparatus, but his advisor
Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi says quot;He has never been a
member or an official member of the Revolutionary
Guardsquot;, having been a Basiji-like volunteer instead.
He was accepted to a Master of Science program at the
same school in 1986, and eventually received his
doctorate in 1997 in civil engineering and traffic
transportation planning. During his doctoral studies at
Tehran, he was the governor general of Ardabil
In his presidential campaign, Ahmadinejad took a
populist approach, with emphasis on his own modest
life. Ahmadinejad said he had plans to create an
quot;exemplary government for the people of the
worldquot; in Iran. He is a self-described
quot;principles“, One of his goals has been quot;putting the
petroleum income on people's tablesquot;, referring to Iran's
oil profits being distributed among the poor.
Ahmadinejad was the only presidential candidate who
spoke out against future relations with the United
Ahmadinejad is thought to be a leading contender for
Iran's June 12, 2009 presidential election. On August
23, 2008, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced that
he quot;sees Ahmadinejad as president in the next five
years,quot; a comment interpreted as indicating support for
Protesting Columbia University's decision to
invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the
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