Vice President of Iran

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First Vice President of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
FVP of Iran standard arm.png
Official seal
Eshaq Jahangiri 2017.jpg
Eshaq Jahangiri (First)
and 11 others

since 3 August 2013
Member ofCabinet
ResidenceBoostan Palace, Sa'dabad Complex
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo term
Inaugural holderHassan Habibi
September 1, 1989
(in line of presidential succession)
WebsiteThe First Vice Presidency

The Vice President of Iran (Persian: معاون ریاست جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎) is defined by article 124 of the Constitution of Iran, as anyone appointed by the President of Iran to lead an organization related to Presidential affairs. As of July 2009, there are 12 Vice Presidents in Iran. The First Vice President (Persian: معاون‌اول‎) is the most important as he or she leads cabinet meetings in the absence of the president.[1]

Vice Presidents[edit]

First Vice President[edit]

The role of First Vice President was created in the revision of the Constitution in 1989. It took over some of the responsibilities of the Prime Minister. According to Article 124, the First Vice President chairs the board of ministers and coordinates the other vice presidencies, if let by the President. According to Article 131, the First Vice President takes over as acting President in cases where the President in incapacitated, but only if permitted by the Supreme Leader. According to the same Article, the First Vice President (or anyone serving as acting President) must make sure that a new president is elected in fifty days.

According to Article 132, during the time an Acting President is serving (usually a First Vice President), the Majlis cannot impeach ministers and it can't disapprove newly introduced ministers. Also, referendums and revisions to the Constitution are forbidden.


Vice President
Picture Took office Left office Party President
1 Hassan Habibi
Hassan Habibi.jpg 1 September 1989 11 September 2001 N/A Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Executives of Construction Party (Since 1996)
Mohammad Khatami
2 Mohammad-Reza Aref
Mohammad-Reza Aref cropped.jpg 11 September 2001 11 September 2005 Islamic Iran Participation Front
3 Parviz Davoodi
Davoodi3.jpg 11 September 2005 17 July 2009 N/A Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
4 Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Esfandiar Mashaei.jpg 17 July 2009 25 July 2009
Office vacant from 25 July to 13 September 2009
5 Mohammad Reza Rahimi
Mohammad Reza Rahimi 2013 1.jpg 13 September 2009 3 August 2013 N/A
6 Eshaq Jahangiri
Eshaq Jahangiri portrait 2016.jpg 3 August 2013 Incumbent Executives of Construction Party Hassan Rouhani

Ex-officio Vice Presidents[edit]

Current officeholders are ex officio Vice Presidents:

Formerly, heads of these two organization below were ex-officio Vice Presidents:

Both organizations were merged into Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Optional Vice Presidents[edit]

The President may or may not choose vice presidents for specific issues, but their existence is not obligatory. Some of the offices held by vice presidents are:

  • Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs (2009–)
  • Vice President for Legal Affairs (2009–)
  • Vice President for Executive Affairs (1989–1993; 1994–2001; 2005–2009; 2011–2017)
  • Vice President for International Affairs (2011–2013)
  • Vice President for Economic Affairs (1993–1994; 2017–)
  • Vice President for Women and Family Affairs (2013–)
  • Vice President for Management and Human Resources Development (2009–2013)
  • Vice President for Supervision and Strategic Affairs (2007–2014)
  • Vice President for Development and Social Affairs (1998–1999)

Current Vice Presidents[edit]

Office Officeholder Assumed office Affiliation
First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri 4 August 2013 Executives of Construction Party
Head of Environmental Protection Organization Isa Kalantari 13 August 2017 Executives of Construction Party
Head of Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi 16 August 2013 Independent
Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asghar Mounesan 13 August 2017 Independent
Head of Management and Planning Organization Mohammad Bagher Nobakht 1 September 2013 Moderation and Development Party
Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Hossein Ali Amiri 12 July 2016 Independent
Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar 13 August 2017 Islamic Iran Participation Front
Head of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation Mohammad-Ali Shahidi 15 September 2013 Independent
Head of National Elites Foundation Sorena Sattari 4 October 2013 Independent
Head of Administrative and Employment Affairs Organization Jamshid Ansari 2 August 2016 Monotheism and Cooperation Society
Vice President for Legal Affairs Laya Jonaidi 9 August 2017 Independent
Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohammad Nahavandian 20 August 2017 Islamic Coalition Party

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Iran VP pick too friendly toward Israel?". Associated Press. Accessed July 22, 2009.

External links[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
1st in line of succession Succeeded by
Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly