Inauguration of Hassan Rouhani

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Presidential Inauguration of Hassan Rouhani
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Hassan Rouhani taking oath of office in the Parliament building, Chief Justice Sadeq Larijani in his left
Date 3 August 2013 (de facto)
4 August 2013 (Official)
Location Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh, Louis Pasteur street, Tehran (de facto)
Parliament of Iran building, Baharestan, Tehran (Official)
Participants President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Leaving office

President-elect of Iran, Hassan Rouhani
Taking office

First Vice President of Iran, Mohammad Reza Rahimi
Leaving office

First Vice President-designate of Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri
Taking office
Website Parliament of Iran

The inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as the 7th President of Iran took place on two rounds, first on Saturday 3 August 2013 whereby he received his presidential precept from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and entered to the Sa'dabad Palace, official residence of the president in a private ceremony. The second was on the next day with sworn in for the office in the Parliament of Iran.[1] This marked the commencement of the four-year term of Hassan Rouhani as president and his vice president. The event was awaited with some expectation, since for the first time foreign guests participating the ceremony. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice, Sadeq Larijani.


The inauguration ceremony began at 16:00 IRDT and finished at 19:00. Foreign guests resided in two places. Heads of states and governments stayed at the Sa'dabad Palace, which is the official residence of the Iranian president. Other guests based in Parsian Esteghlal Hotel. Hassan Rouhani went to Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh, the official residence of Supreme Leader of Iran to receive his presidential precept from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After that, he began his career as President of Iran officially. On the next day, an official inauguration took place which he must perform the oath of office beside Sadeq Larijani, head of Judiciary System of Iran. Before the sworn in ceremony begins, Parliament speaker, Ali Larijani welcomed the new government and guests with a 30-minute speech. Rouhani had a 45-minute mandate for his first speech as the President of Iran.


The group organizing the inauguration invited international and national authorities for the swearing in ceremony. The ceremonial body of the Parliament sent invitations to all members of the current legislature and some famous Iranian political and cultural persons. All governors of the provinces, ambassadors and Friday prayer imams were invited for the event. Former presidents, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mohammad Khatami and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, were also invited.[2] After the ceremony, guests attended a dinner party hosted by Rouhani.

Foreign dignitaries[edit]

The following leaders attended the swearing in ceremony:[3][4][5]

Government leaders
 Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
 Armenia President Serzh Sargsyan
 Bolivia Vice President Álvaro García Linera[6]
 Cuba Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz
 Ghana Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
 Guinea-Bissau President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo
 Iraq Vice President Khodair al-Khozaei
 Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
 Kuwait Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah[7]
 Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev
 Lebanon President Michel Suleiman[8]
 India Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari
 Nicaragua Vice President Omar Halleslevens
 North Korea President of the Presidium Kim Yong-Nam[9]
 Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari[10]
 Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
 Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
 Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
 Syria Prime Minister Wael Nader Al-Halqi[11]
 Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon
 Tanzania Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal
 Togo President Faure Gnassingbé
 Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Government representatives
 Algeria Chairperson of the Senate Abdelkader Bensalah
 Azerbaijan Speaker Ogtay Asadov[12]
 Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota
 Brunei Foreign Minister Mohamed Bolkiah
 Burundi Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure
 China Minister of Culture Cai Wu[13]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Speaker Aubin Minaku
 India Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid[14]
 Indonesia Speaker Sidarto Danusubroto
 Iraq Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechervan Idris Barzani
 Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister
Foreign Minister
Muhyiddin Yassin
Anifah Aman[15]
 Mauritania Foreign Minister Hamadi Ould Hamadi
 Oman Minister of Heritage and Culture Haitham bin Tariq al Said
 Palestine Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki
 Russia Speaker Sergey Naryshkin
 Saudi Arabia Minister of State for Foreign Trade Musaad bin Mohammed Al-Aiban
 South Africa Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane[16]
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris
 Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
 Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov
 United Arab Emirates Speaker Mohammad Al Murr
 Uzbekistan Chairman of the Senate Ilgizar Sabirov
 Venezuela Speaker Diosdado Cabello
Heads of multilateral organizations
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
 United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
Former leaders
 European Union Former EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana
 Malaysia Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed
 United Kingdom Former Secretary of State Jack Straw

After the election of Rouhani as the seventh president of Iran, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw, who has a close friendship with Hassan Rouhani, publicly announced his inclination for participating in Rouhani's presidential inauguration. Two weeks later, Parliament sent an official invitation to him. However, he declined this invitation due to personal and family reasons and also that he was not a British official. Abbas Araghchi, the spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced that Parliament sent invitations to all governments' officials except Israel, with which Iran has no formal relations.[17][18]

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had confirmed his participation in the ceremony[13] but his chartered Saudi aircraft was prevented from flying into Saudi Arabian airspace on its way to Tehran.[19]


Rouhani's inauguration was broadcast nationally by all major television networks. IRIB broadcast the event live. BBC Persian, Voice of America, Press TV, Manoto, CNN, ABC news, NBC, Channel 4, Russia Today, NRK, SRF, Euronews, TRT Turk and Al Jazeera also aired the event. Among 2,000 reporters were permitted to enter the Parliament house.[original research?]


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