Eshaq Jahangiri

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Eshaq Jahangiri
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6th First Vice President of Iran
Assumed office
3 August 2013
PresidentHassan Rouhani
Supreme LeaderAli Khamenei
Preceded byMohammad Reza Rahimi
Minister of Industries and Mines
In office
14 January 2001 – 25 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Supreme LeaderAli Khamenei
Preceded byGholamreza Shafeei (Industries)
Himself (Mines and Metals)
Succeeded byAlireza Tahmasbi
Minister of Mines and Metals
In office
21 August 1997 – 14 January 2001
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Supreme LeaderAli Khamenei
Preceded byHossein Mahlouji
Succeeded byHimself (Industries and Mines)
Governor of Isfahan Province
In office
Preceded byMohammad Reza Vaghefi
Succeeded bySeyed Jaffar Mousavi
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1984 – 28 May 1992
Majority61,663 (68.8%)[1]
Personal details
Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi

(1958-01-21) 21 January 1958 (age 63)
Sirjan County, Kerman Province, Imperial State of Iran
Political partyExecutives of Construction Party
Spouse(s)Manijeh Jahangiri
Alma materUniversity of Kerman
Sharif University of Technology
Islamic Azad University Science and Research, Tehran
WebsiteGovernment website

Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi (Persian: ‌اسحاق جهانگیری کوهشاهی‎, pronounced [esˈhɒːɢ dʒæhɒ:ŋˈgi:ɾi: ku:hʃɒ:ˈhi:]; born 21 January 1958) is an Iranian politician and vice president of Hassan Rouhani's government. Jahangiri was the minister of industries and mines from 1997 to 2005 under President Mohammad Khatami. Before that, he was the governor of Isfahan Province.[2] He was also a member of Parliament for two terms.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Jahangiri was born on 21 January 1958[4] in Sirjan County, Kerman Province. He was given the nickname "Eshaq Damaq" as a kid, meaning Eshaq the big nose.[3] He graduated from University of Kerman with a degree in physics.[3] He was active in revolutionary groups prior to the Iranian Revolution and once was wounded by the forces of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.[2] He later received a PhD from Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran in industrial management.[3] He is married to Manijeh Jahangiri and has four children, Hossein, Hesam, Faezeh and Hoda.[5]

Political career[edit]

President Rouhani and Jahangiri in Saadabad Palace

Jahangiri began his political career following the Iranian revolution. He became deputy head of the agriculture department in Kerman in July 1980. Then, he was appointed its head in 1982. He was elected to the Iranian Parliament in 1984 election. He was also reelected in next election. He was appointed governor of Isfahan on 1 September 1992 by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to replace with Gholamhossein Karbaschi. He held the position until 20 August 1997 when he was nominated by Mohammad Khatami as the minister of mines and metals and was confirmed by the Parliament.[6] His portfolio was later changed to the minister of industries and mines[7] and he held that position until President Ahmadinejad's cabinet took over in 2005.[8] In 2008, it was rumored that Jahangiri would run for a seat in the Parliament but he denied it.[9]

2013 presidential election and vice presidency[edit]

Jahangiri was a potential reformist's candidate in the 2013 presidential election but he withdrew in favor of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and then became Rafsanjani's campaign manager. He was a co-founder of Executives of Construction Party and served as its secretary general from 2006 to 2010. He was also a member of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's presidential campaign in the 2009 presidential election. On 23 July 2013, it was reported that Jahangiri would be the next First Vice President and would be appointed by Rouhani after his inauguration.[10] On 29 July, it was confirmed officially, pending his appointment for the post in the inauguration day.[11] He was formally appointed on 4 August by Rouhani as his first vice president, replacing Mohammad-Reza Rahimi.[12]

2017 presidential election[edit]

In April 2017, it was announced the Jahangiri would register as a candidate for the 2017 Iranian presidential elections. He was successfully vetted and approved by the Guardian Council on 20 April 2017 and officially became a presidential candidate. Many viewed his decision to run for the presidency as a tactical decision to support Rouhani throughout the debates and then withdraw before the voting commenced.[13][14] He withdrew on 16 May 2017. Later, Hassan Rouhani won the election and Jahangiri was reappointed as first vice president.

COVID-19 outbreak[edit]

On 4 March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic became known to have spread to Iran, the IranWire website reported that Jahangiri had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019.[15] However, there was no immediate confirmation from Iranian officials.[16] On 11 March, his infection was confirmed by semi-official Fars News Agency.[17] On 15 March, his office announced that he "tested negative for coronavirus and since he has fully recovered, he returned to his office and resumed his job".[18]


  1. ^ مرکز پژوهشها - اسحاق جهانگیری. (in Persian).
  2. ^ a b "Cabinet Members of Iran". The Iranian Trade Association Inc. 2 March 2000. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Summary of Background of the First Vice President". Official Website of Iranian Government (in Persian). Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Identification Document of Six Presidential Candidates". Tabnak (in Persian). 21 April 2017.
  5. ^ "اسحاق جهانگیری؛مردی که باید از نو شناخت". 16 May 2017. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  6. ^ Valinejad, Afshin. "Parliament Approves Iran Cabinet". Associated Press. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Iranian President Names New Ministers to Parliament". People Daily. 4 January 2001. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  8. ^ سرفصل اخبار چهارشنبه 2شهريو1384 (in Persian). The Presidency of The Islamic Republic of Iran. 2006. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Iran Reformers Struggle for Impact in Parliament". Turkish Weekly. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  10. ^ هشت نفر از اعضای کابینه روحانی نهایی شدند +اسامی Archived 23 July 2013 at Iran Elect
  11. ^ اسامی 33 نفر از اعضای کابینه دولت تدبیر و امید/ تغییرات در فهرست نهایی تا روز تحلیف ادامه دارد Archived 29 July 2013 at Iran Elect
  12. ^ TABNAK, تابناک. انتخاب جهانگیری به عنوان معاون اول روحانی. تابناک - TABNAK (in Persian).
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Terms of Service Violation".
  15. ^ "IranWire Exclusive: Iran's Vice President Contracts Coronavirus". IranWire. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Iran's first vice president has coronavirus, IranWire reports; no official confirmation". Reuters. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Coronavirus: Iran's first vice president Jahangiri infected". Tunisie Numerique. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Iran's Vice President Jahangiri tests negative for coronavirus". Tehran Times. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Reza Vaghefi
Governor of Isfahan
Succeeded by
Jaffar Mousavi
Preceded by
Gholamreza Shafeei
Minister of Industries and Mines
Succeeded by
Alireza Tahmasbi
Preceded by
Mohammad-Reza Rahimi
First Vice President of Iran
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad-Ali Najafi
Head of Executives of Construction Party's Central Council
Succeeded by
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by
Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani
Campaign manager of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani