Iran Politics Club: Photo Albums

Amir Abbas Hoveyda: The Orchid Man, Great Prime Minister of Iran
Back to index

Amir Abbas Hoveyda, great Prime Minister of Iran (1919 - 1979) son of Eyn-ol Molk (Representative of Iran in Saudi Arabia) and Afsar-ol Molouk, husband of Laila Emami, brother of Fereydoun Hoveyda (Representative of Iran to UN), cousin of Farhad Sepahbodi (Iran's ambassador to Morocco) was one of Iran's larger than life politicians. Hoveyda was born in Tehran, Iran. Hoveyda studied in Europe and during the WWII, he sympathized with the resistance against the Nazi Germany. Hoveyda spoke 6 languages: Persian, French, English, Italian, German and Arabic. On 1942 Hoveyda went back to Iran and served in the Military. Hoveyda served as a journalist, a diplomat and the Foreign Minister and on 1965 he became the longest running Prime Minister of Iran (1965 - 1977). On 1966 he married Laila Emami. Hoveyda was big on cracking down corruption and modernization, industrialization, aiding the poor, constructions (especially in small cities and villages) and rising the general level of economic and life prosperity for Iranians. He had done many goods for Iran and Iranians. Until 1975, he was the head of Iran Novin (New Iran) political party verses the Mardom (People) party headed by Asadollah Alam, minister of courthouse. Shah was uncomfortable with the power of the political party leaders (including Hoveyda) so on 1975 Shah of Iran banned all political parties and created a one party state led by the Rastakhiz Party. Despite Hoveyda's resentment to this new totalitarian system, he still continued serving as the Prime Minister. This is where Shah became critical of him and Hoveyda's decline from the power started. Hoveyda was anti corruption, so naturally he had many political enemies in the Pahlavi Family, Courthouse and Government. On 1977 Shah ended his premiership and appointed him as the minister of the courthouse where he discovered much corruption in the regime and the courthouse, which so far had been hidden by Asadollah Alam! This is where the attacks and resentments against Hoveyda started. Leading the attacks from the corrupt Pahlavi Family, Aristocracy and Courthouse was Ardeshir Zahedi and the Zahedi Family. Not wanting to stir a major conflict with the corrupt, Hoveyda resigned on 1978. On the same year, the coward Shah of Iran had arrested Hoveyda and put him in jail as an escape goat to save his own neck. After shah escaped Iran, they opened up the jails, but Hoveyda knowing that he is innocent, decided to stay rather than escape. Hoveyda expected a fair trial, but Dariush Forouhar arrested him and Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali put him on a show trial. Despite his line of reasoning defending himself and proving his innocence of all charges, he was convicted and murdered by the firing squad (1979). Hoveyda was the most honest politician in the Pahlavi era who lived in a simple apartment, drove a small economy car (Paykan) and spent all his salary on gatherings with friends and helping the poor. Unlike the thieving Pahlavi Family and their Circa, he never stole a dime form the nation. Hoveyda was one of the greatest Prime ministers of Iran who tried his best to reform the corrupt Imperial Regime from the within. I salute his memory. My hat is off to you God Father.

orchid red - Trade of the Orchid Man.jpg

Hoveyda the Orchid Man.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda Iran's Prime Minister.jpg

Hoveyda Pipe.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda Portrait.jpg

Fereysoun Hoveyda Iran's representative in UN.jpeg

Fereydoun Hoveyda speech.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda young.jpg

Hoveyda book cover - Riddle of Hoveyda.gif

Amir Abbas Hoveyda, Pompidou, Fereydoun Hoveyda.jpg

Hoveyda, Ahmad Osman prime minister Morocco.jpg

Hoveyda & Cabinet with Shah 1975.jpg

Hoveyda, Zaher Shah of Afghanistan.jpg

Hoveyda the Persian Sphinx.jpg


Hoveyda in Kabul Afghanistan.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda & Afsar-ol Molouk outdoors.jpg

Hoveyda one who came with spring.jpg

Hoveyda at University.jpg

Hoveyda Cartoon.jpg

Hoveyda university days.jpg

Imperial Cabinet with Shah & Farah.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda with King Hassan II of Morocco 1977.jpg

Hoveyda Father in Saudi.jpg

Hoveyda young child at Ahmad Shah funeral.jpg

Hoveyda one who left with fall.jpg

Hoveyda & Friends at University.jpg

Leyla, Amir Abbas, Ms. Emami, Afsar-ol Molouk.jpg

Amir Abbas & Laila Hoveyda.jpg

Hovryda graduation military academy with Shah.JPG

Hoveyda Family.jpg

Hoveyda Orchid Man came.gif

Amir Abbas Hoveyda & clerics.jpg

Hoveyda Orchid Man left.gif

Fereydoun Hoveyda at Aspen 1977.jpg

orchid purple.jpg

orchid pink.jpg

Hoveyda computing 1975.jpg

Hoveyda 1938 Student Europe.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda look.jpg

Amir Abbas & Laila Hoveyda in garden.jpg

Iran Novin Party Electoral Tour 1971 Sanandaj.jpg


Amir Abbas & Laila Emami (wife) at summer home.jpg

Nowshahr 1971 Hoveyda in Caspian Sea Shores.jpg

Hoveyda Cartoon 2.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda ponders.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda of Iran.jpg

Hoveyda War Memories.jpg

Hoveyda Formal.jpg

Hoveyda at Party with Chirac, prime minister of France 1976.JPG

Amir Abbas Hoveyda & mother Afsar-ol Moluk.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda with Shah.jpg

Amir Abbas & Fereydoun Hoveyda.JPG

Iran Novin Electoral Tour 1971 Yazd.jpg

Hoveyda and cabinet at Courthouse Ceremony 1977.jpg

Hoveyda Child.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda young.jpg

The Hoveyda family in Beirut, circa 1929.jpg

Flight attendant pins an orchid on Hovryda 1971 Electoral Tour.jpg

Amir Abbas Hoveyda look.jpg

Nelli body guard, Azemoun, Hoveyda at Yazd 1971.jpg

Hoveyda, soviet military, khalatbary foreign minister.jpg

Nelli body guard, Azemoun, Hoveyda at Yazd speech.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda, Robert de Souza, Farhad Sepahbodi.JPG

Oji, Hoveyda, Manouchehr Azemoun preparing speech.jpg

Fereydoun Hoveyda & French Film Director Claude Chabrol.jpg

Fereydoun with Amir Abbas Hoveyda and Afsar-ol Molouk.jpg

Eyn-ol Molk (Hoveyda's Father) representative of Iran in Saudi.jpg

Farhad Sepahbody (cousin & ambassador to Morocco) with Hoveyda in Morocco.JPG

Farhad Sepahbody (Centre), moroccan Princess (left), Indonesian President's Wife (right).jpg

IPC operating since March 30, 2000

Duplication of contents are allowed, only by naming the source & link to IPC
All rights are protected & reserved by Iran Politics Club © 2000 IPC