Mohammad Shariatmadari

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Mohammad Shariatmadari
Mohammad Shariatmadari.jpg
Shariatmadari in 2016
Vice President of Iran
for Executive Affairs
Assumed office
8 October 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Hamid Baqai
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
28 October 2013 – 17 November 2013
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Reza Salehi Amiri (acting)
Succeeded by Mahmoud Goudarzi
Minister of Commerce
In office
25 August 1997 – 24 August 2005
President Mohammad Khatami
Preceded by Yahya Ale Eshaq
Succeeded by Masoud Mir Kazemi
Personal details
Born (1960-07-24) 24 July 1960 (age 56)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Association for Defence of Revolution Values (1996–1999)[1]
Spouse(s) Nilofar Lavayi[2]
Children 4
Relatives Ataollah Salehi (brother-in-law)[3]
Religion Islam
Website Official website

Mohammad Shariatmadari (born 24 June 1960) is an Iranian politician who has been serving as vice president for executive affairs since 8 October 2013. He also served as minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet of President Mohammad Khatami.

Early life and education[edit]

Shariatmadari was born in Tehran on 24 June 1960.[4] He attended the University of Kerman and graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.[4]

Career and political activities[edit]

Shariatmadari became a member of Central Revolutionary Committee following the 1979 revolution. He is among the founders of Iran’s intelligence ministry and served as deputy intelligence minister.[5] He was one of the supporters of Ayatollah Mohammad Reyshahri in the presidential election in 1997.[4] Reyshahri lost the election and Mohammad Khatami became the president.

He was the minister of commerce from 1997 to 2005 in the cabinet headed by President Khatami.[6][7][8] In 2006, he was appointed to then newly founded the Strategic Council for Foreign Relation as a member.[9] He is also a foreign policy advisor to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran.[4][10]

On 8 October 2013, President Hassan Rouhani appointed Shariatmadari as vice president for executive affairs.[11] He was also appointed as acting Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on 28 October 2013 after Rouhani's nominee for the post was rejected by the Parliament.[12]

Candidacy for 2013 election[edit]

In August 2012, the Society for Defending the Values of the Islamic Revolution announced that Shariatmadari was its candidate for the presidential election to be held in June 2013.[6] He also confirmed it in January 2013.[13] He was among independent and technocrat candidates.[14][15] On the other hand, he was also regarded as one of the reformist candidates.[16] He announced in April 2013 that he would withdraw his candidacy if Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, Mohammad Khatami or Hassan Khomeini run for the election.[10] In May 2013, Shariatmadari withdrew his candidacy in favor of Rafsanjani.[17][18]


  1. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. July 30, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  2. ^ بخش هایی از زندگینامه خودنوشت محمد شریعتمداری
  3. ^ تشییع پیکر همسر فرمانده کل ارتش - مشهد
  4. ^ a b c d "Mohammad Shariatmadari". Election Watch. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Khatami's Record: Year 1". Iran-e-Azad. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Ex-trade minister will be our candidate for president: society". Tehran Times. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iranian ex-commerce minister says mulling presidential candidacy". BBC. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Govt.". APS Diplomat Recorder. 18 August 2001. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Mozaffari, Mehdi (April 2009). "Iranian Ideological Foreign Policy" (PDF). Centre for Studies in Islamism and Radicalisation. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "My presidential plans are within framework of Islamic system: Shariatmadari". Tehran Times. Tehran. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rohani appoints Shariatmadari as vice-president for executive affairs". Iran English Radio. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ شریعتمداری سرپرست وزارت ورزش شد
  13. ^ "Shariatmadari names presidential campaign spokesman". Tehran Times. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Nada, Garrett (11 April 2013). "Latest on the Race: Rival Conservative Coalitions". The Iran Premier. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Al Labbad, Mustafa (May 2013). "The Favorites in Iran's Election". As Safir. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Iran Election Watch 2013: Twenty four presidential candidates emerge". The International. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Other reformist hopeful withdraws candidacy in favor of Rafsanjani". Iranian Labour News Agency. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Jafarov, Temkin (18 May 2013). "Who step ahead in presidential elections in Iran?". Today. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 

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