Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf
Iran's ambitious politician.
The mayor of Tehran, Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf has political ambition and, according to speculation, he is to mount a challenge in 2009 elections to the present president of Iran.
He was, one of Iran's youngest military commanders, playing a crucial role in the 1982 liberation of the city of Khorramshahr from Iraq's invading army. Subsequently Qalibaf served an Iran's chief of police.
The son of a grocer in the northeastern city of Mashad, Qalibaf was a teenage activist during the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and he is neither a turbaned mullah nor a bearded revolutionary.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan