|Behbahani in 2009|
|Minister of Roads and Transportation|
2 August 2008 – 1 February 2011
|Preceded by||Mohammmad Rahmati|
|Succeeded by||Ali Nikzad (Acting)|
7 August 1935 |
|Political party||Islamic Coalition Party|
Hamid Behbahani (in Persian: حمید بهبهانی, born 7 August 1935) is an Iranian academic and politician who served as minister of roads and transportation from 2 August 2008 to 1 February 2011 when he was impeached by the Parliament of Iran.
Early life and education
Behbahani was the head of the civil engineering department at Iran University of Science and Technology. He was appointed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as advisor for transportation affairs. He is also a member of high council of state for reform plan. After the resignation of Mohammad Rahmati from office as minister of transportation on 18 June 2008, Ahmadinejad assigned Behbahni as his candidate for the ministry to the Parliament. He received 181 out of 271 votes of the MPs and became minister of roads and transportation. He continued to serve in the same post in the second cabinet of Ahmadinejad after he was elected as president in 2009.
On 1 February 2011, 147 out of 234 Members of Parliament gave a vote of no confidence to Behbahani and impeached him. He is the second minister to be impeached by the Parliament after Ali Kordan who was impeached in 2008.
Connection with Ahmadinejad
- "Iran parliament dismisses transport minister". Reuters - via Khaleej Times. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- "Tehran welcomes ECO train". Tehran Times. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Glenn, Louisa (1 September 2009). "Background brief: Ahmadinejad’s cabinet". National Democratic Institute. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "Iran minister impeached over faked degree". CNN. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
- "Plagiarism scandal grows in Iran". Nature. 9 December 2009. doi:10.1038/462704a.
|Minister of Transportation