|Minister of Energy|
15 August 2013
|Preceded by||Majid Namjoo|
|Member of the Iranian Parliament|
28 May 1988 – 28 May 1992
|Constituency||Tabriz, Osku and Azarshahr|
21 March 1957
|Alma mater||Amirkabir University of Technology
Tarbiat Modares University
|Service/branch||Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution|
|Years of service||1980–1988|
Chitchian joined the IRGC and is the former head of its intelligence unit in Tabriz. He is the former member of parliament, serving in the third term. He was appointed deputy energy minister for planning and economic affairs and senior advisor to the energy minister during the first term of the President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. At the same period he was a member of the managerial board of the Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) and the Energy Organization. He was also one of the senior advisors to Ahmedinejad.
He was nominated as energy minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 4 August 2013. On 15 August, he was appointed energy minister to the cabinet of Rouhani, receiving 272 votes in favor and seven votes against in the parliament. It was the second highest level of approval after that for Ali Tayebnia who was appointed economy minister.
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