Political marriages in the circle of power
Sayyid Mohammad Khatami born 14 October 1943 served as the fifth president of from 3 August 1997 to 3 August 2005. He also served as minister of Culture from 1982 to 1992. Later, he was critical of the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Little known internationally before becoming president, Khatami attracted attention during his first election to the presidency when he received almost 70% of the vote. Khatami had run on a platform of liberalization and reform. During his two terms as president, Khatami advocated freedom of expression, tolerance and civil society, constructive diplomatic relations with other states including those in Asia and the European Union, and an economic policy that supported a free market and foreign investment.