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Mousavi fired as head of public art institute

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-12-22

Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has been stripped of his role as president of the state-funded Academy of Art, a position he had held since the academy's establishment in 1999.

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was dismissed on Tuesday from his position as president of the Academy of Art, the Fars news agency reported.

"Members of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution dismissed Mir Hossein Mousavi as head of the Academy of Art," council member Mohammad Mohammadian told the news agency.

Mousavi, a former prime minister, had headed the Academy of Art ever since its establishment in 1999.

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose controversial June re-election Mousavi continues to reject, heads the council which dismissed the opposition chief.

The Academy of Art is a state-funded body supervised by the president's office which has a stated mission to "preserve Islamic and national art" and "confront invasive cultures."

Date created : 2009-12-22

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