Habibollah Bitaraf

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Habibollah Bitaraf
Minister of Energy
In office
14 August 1997 – 17 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Bijan Namdar Zangeneh
Succeeded by Parviz Fattah
Governor of Yazd Province
In office
President Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Morteza Fattah
Succeeded by Abdulali Hamidia
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 60–61)
Yazd, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Islamic Iran Participation Front
Alma mater University of Tehran
Profession Civil engineer[1]

Habibolah Bitaraf (Persian: حبیب‌الله بی‌طرف‎) is an Iranian reformist[2] politician. He was Energy Minister for 8 years during Mohammad Khatami presidency.[3] He also served as provincial governor of Yazd.[1]

He was nominated as the energy minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 8 August 2017[4] but he was the only nominee who did not gain a vote of confidence from the parliament on 20 August 2017, with 133 yeas, 132 nays, 17 abstentions and 6 invalid votes.[5]

Bitaraf is a founding member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front.[6]


  1. ^ a b Buchta, Wilfried (2000), Who rules Iran?: the structure of power in the Islamic Republic, Washington DC: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, pp. 40, 180, ISBN 0-944029-39-6 
  2. ^ Reza Haghighatnejad (8 August 2017), "Rouhani Announces New Cabinet: Few Reformists, No Women", Iran Wire, retrieved 17 August 2017 
  3. ^ Moslem, Mehdi (2002). Factional politics in post-Khomeini Iran. Syracuse University Press. p. 325. ISBN 978-0-8156-2978-8. 
  4. ^ "Hassan Rouhani's cabinet is complete. Here's the full list", Tehran Times, 8 August 2017, retrieved 8 August 2017 
  5. ^ "Almost All Ministers Proposed by Rouhani Receive Vote of Confidence", Iran Front Page, 20 August 2017, retrieved 20 August 2017 
  6. ^ Iran Report, 1 (2), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 23 November 1998, retrieved 25 March 2017