Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli

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Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, September 2016.jpg
Rahmani Fazli in September 2016
Minister of Interior
Assumed office
15 August 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
President of the Supreme Audit Court
In office
2 July 2008 – 15 August 2013
Preceded by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi
Succeeded by Amin Hosseini (Acting)
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
4 May 1992 – 3 May 1996
Constituency Shirvan
Majority 57,947 (53.50%)[1]
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 56–57)
Shirvan, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
Tarbiat Modares University
Religion Islam
Website Governmental website

Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli (عبدالرضا رحمانی فضلی in Persian; born 1959) is an Iranian politician, government official and interior minister of Hassan Rouhani's government. He was the president of Supreme Audit Court from 2008 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Fazli was born in Shirvan in 1959.[2][3] He is a graduate of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.[4] He also received a PhD in geography from Tarbiat Modarres University.[5]


Fazli served in different positions, including the head of the planning department, member of parliament, deputy chairman of Iranian National TV and Radio, deputy head of economic and international affairs at the ministry of interior.[6][7] He was appointed secretary and deputy head of the Supreme National Security Council in October 2005.[8] He was deputy of Ali Larijani in charge of the cultural, social and media affairs during the first presidential term of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.[7][9][10] Fazli resigned from post in November 2007 one month after the appointment of Saeed Jalili as the head of the council.[11]

In July 2008, Fazli was appointed as the president of the Supreme Audit Court.[6] He was reappointed to the post in July 2012 for further four years.[6]

In late July 2013, the Mehr news agency reported that Fazli is the only candidate for interior minister at the cabinet of President Hassan Rouhani.[12] Fazli was nominated by Rouhani for the post on 4 August.[13] He was confirmed by the Parliament on 15 August, replacing Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar in the post. Fazli was given 256 for votes and 19 against votes, while 9 members of the Parliament did not attend the session.[14] On 24 August 2013 President Rouhani additionally appointed Fazli Secretary General of Drug Control Headquarters.[15]

Views and alliances[edit]

Fazli is a conservative politician and long-term associate of Ali Larijani, parliament speaker.[16][17]


  1. ^ Members Iranian Parliament.
  2. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (5 August 2013). "All the President's Men: Rouhani's Cabinet" (Policy Brief). Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ نگاهی به سوابق هیات وزیران دولت یازدهم Tabnak
  4. ^ Biography of Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli Hamshahri
  5. ^ "President Hassan Rouhani's pragmatic conservative, security-intelligence-oriented Cabinet nominations". Iran Politik. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dr. Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli was re-appointed to serve as the Senior President of Supreme Audit Court of Islamic Republic of Iran". ASOSAI. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Yonah Alexander; Milton M. Hoenig (2008). The New Iranian Leadership: Ahmadinejad, Terrorism, Nuclear Ambition, and the Middle East. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-275-99639-0. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Supreme National Security Council". Global Security. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Larijani-Solana talks not scheduled". PressTV. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Larijani's Deputy Resigns". Rooz Online. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Iran's deputy head of Supreme National Security Council resigns". Xinhua. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Iran News Round Up - 29 July 2013". AEI. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hassan Rouhani's New List of Ministers Unveiled". Haberler. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Iranian Parliament Gives Vote of Confidence to Majority of Rouhani's Proposed Ministers". Fars News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "President appoints interior minister as new head of Drug Control Headquarters". 24 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Randjbar Daemi, Siavush (8 August 2013). "In Iran, Rowhani's first cabinet strikes a complex balance". The Conversation. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Iran politics: Rowhani takes a centre line in his cabinet nominees". ViewsWire. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad-Reza Rahimi
President of the Supreme Audit Court
Succeeded by
Amin Hosseini
Preceded by
Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
Minister of Interior
Succeeded by