Habibi in 2006
|First Vice President of Iran|
1 September 1989 – 11 September 2001
|President||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Mohammad-Reza Aref|
|Minister of Justice|
9 March 1985 – 1 September 1989
|Prime Minister||Mir-Hossein Mousavi|
|Preceded by||Mohammad Asghari|
|Succeeded by||Esmail Shooshtari|
|Member of the Parliament of Iran|
28 May 1980 – 28 May 1984
|Constituency||Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat|
|Minister of Culture and Higher Education|
1 October 1979 – 6 November 1979
|Prime Minister||Mehdi Bazargan|
|Preceded by||Ali Shariatmadari|
|Succeeded by||Hassan Arefi|
|Born||Hassan Ebrahim Habibi
29 January 1937
|Died||31 January 2013
|Awards|| Excellent Order of Independence
Order of Knowledge (1st class)
Hassan Ebrahim Habibi (29 January 1937 – 31 January 2013) was an Iranian politician, lawyer, scholar and the first vice president from 1989 until 2001 under Presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami. He was also a member of the High Council of Cultural Revolution and head of Academy of Persian Language and Literature from 2004 until his death in 2013.
Early life and education
Habibi was tasked by Ayatollah Khomenei to draft the prospective constitution of Iran when the latter was in exile in Paris. His version was heavily modified due to criticisms and the final text was approved by the election in November 1979.
Following the Iranian revolution, Habibi was named public spokesman for the revolutionary council. He was among the main architects of the first draft of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was later passed for more discussion to an elected Assembly of Experts for Constitution. The assembly made significant changes in the original draft, e.g. by introducing the new position of "leader of the Islamic Republic" based on Khomeini's concept of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists, which gave almost unlimited power to the clergy. The modified version was approved in a popular referendum in 1979. In the 1980 presidential election, Habibi run for office, but received only ten percent of the vote against Banisadr's seventy percent. Habibi was backed by Mohammad Beheshti in the election process. In the same year he won a parliamentary seat, being a representative of the Islamic Republican Party.
Habibi served as the minister of justice under Prime Minister Mousavi. He was first vice president of Iran from 1989 to 2001, eight years under President Rafsanjani and then four years under President Khatami. He was replaced by Mohammad Reza Aref in the post in Khatami's second term. He was also head of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature and a member of the Expediency Council.
Habibi died on 31 January 2013. He was buried at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in Tehran on 1 February. The funeral service was attended by leading Iranian political figures, including President Ahmedinejad.
Habibi is the author of several books, including God (1981), Society, Culture, Politics (1984), Islam and the Crisis of Our Time (1984), In the Mirror Of Rights: Views Of International Rights, Comparative Rights And Sociology (1988), Seeking the Roots (editing & translation) (1994), Casework of An Ages Student (1997), One Word Out Of Thousands (2 vol.) (1998-2001) and General International Rights (2 vol.) (2003).
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|First Vice President of Iran