Mohammad Shariatmadari

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Mohammad Shariatmadari
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Shariatmadari in 2012
Vice President of Iran
for Executive Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 October 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Hamid Baqai
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
Acting
In office
28 October 2013 – 17 November 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Mohammad Abbasi
Succeeded by Mahmoud Goudarzi
Minister of Commerce
In office
25 August 1997 – 24 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Yahya Ale Eshaq
Succeeded by Masoud Mir Kazemi
Personal details
Born (1960-07-24) 24 July 1960 (age 54)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Executives of Construction Party
Spouse(s) Maryama Lavayi
Children 4
Residence Tehran
Alma mater Kerman University
Religion Islam
Website Official website

Mohammad Shariatmadari (born 24 June 1960) is an Iranian politician who has been serving as vice president for executive affairs since 8 October 2013. He also served as minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of President Mohammad Khatami.

Early life and education[edit]

Shariatmadari was born in Tehran on 24 June 1960.[1] He attended the University of Kerman and graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.[1]

Career and political activities[edit]

Shariatmadari became a member of Central Revolutionary Committee following the 1979 revolution. He is among the founders of Iran’s intelligence ministry and served as deputy intelligence minister.[2] He was one of the supporters of Ayatollah Mohammad Reyshahri in the presidential election in 1997.[1] Reyshahri lost the election and Mohammad Khatami became the president.

He was the minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet headed by President Khatami.[3][4][5] In 2006, he was appointed to then newly founded the Strategic Council for Foreign Relation as a member.[6] He is also a foreign policy advisor to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran.[1][7]

On 8 October 2013, President Hassan Rouhani appointed Shariatmadari as vice president for executive affairs.[8] He was also appointed as acting Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on 28 October 2013 after Rouhani's nominee for the post was rejected by the Parliament.[9]

Candidacy for 2013 election[edit]

In August 2012, the Society for Defending the Values of the Islamic Revolution announced that Shariatmadari was its candidate for the presidential election to be held in June 2013.[3] He also confirmed it in January 2013.[10] He was among independent and technocrat candidates.[11][12] On the other hand, he was also regarded as one of the reformist candidates.[13] He announced in April 2013 that he would withdraw his candidacy if Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, Mohammad Khatami or Hassan Khomeini run for the election.[7] In May 2013, Shariatmadari withdrew his candidacy in favor of Rafsanjani.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mohammad Shariatmadari". Election Watch. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Khatami's Record: Year 1". Iran-e-Azad. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ex-trade minister will be our candidate for president: society". Tehran Times. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Iranian ex-commerce minister says mulling presidential candidacy". BBC. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Govt.". APS Diplomat Recorder. 18 August 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Mozaffari, Mehdi (April 2009). "Iranian Ideological Foreign Policy". Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "My presidential plans are within framework of Islamic system: Shariatmadari". Tehran Times (Tehran). 8 April 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rohani appoints Shariatmadari as vice-president for executive affairs". Iran English Radio. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  9. ^ شریعتمداری سرپرست وزارت ورزش شد
  10. ^ "Shariatmadari names presidential campaign spokesman". Tehran Times. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Nada, Garrett (11 April 2013). "Latest on the Race: Rival Conservative Coalitions". The Iran Premier. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Al Labbad, Mustafa (May 2013). "The Favorites in Iran’s Election". As Safir. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Iran Election Watch 2013: Twenty four presidential candidates emerge". The International. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Other reformist hopeful withdraws candidacy in favor of Rafsanjani". Iranian Labour News Agency. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Jafarov, Temkin (18 May 2013). "Who step ahead in presidential elections in Iran?". Today. Retrieved 16 June 2013.