Vice President of Iran

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First Vice President of Iran
FVP of Iran standard arm.png
Official seal
Eshaq Jahangiri portrait 2016.jpg
Eshaq Jahangiri (First)
and 11 others

since 4 August 2013
Member of Cabinet
Residence Sa'dabad Palace
Appointer The President
Term length No term
Inaugural holder Hassan Habibi
September 1, 1989
Succession First
(in line of presidential succession)
Website The 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 Prime Minister. According to Article 124, First Vice President will be chairing the board of ministers and coordinate the other vice presidencies, if let by the President. According to Article 131, 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, 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.


Name Picture Birth–Death Took office Left office President
1 Hassan Habibi Hassan Habibi.jpg 1937–2013 1 September 1989 11 September 2001 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Mohammad Khatami
2 Mohammad-Reza Aref Mohammad Reza Aref press conference (4).jpg 1951– 11 September 2001 11 September 2005
3 Parviz Davoodi Davoodi3.jpg 1952– 11 September 2005 17 July 2009 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
4 Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei Esfandiar Mashaei.jpg 1960– 17 July 2009 25 July 2009
5 Mohammad Reza Rahimi Mohammad Reza Rahimi VOA (Cropped).jpg 1949– 13 September 2009 3 August 2013
6 Eshaq Jahangiri Eshagh Jahangiri 01.jpg 1957– 4 August 2013 Incumbent 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
  • Vice President for Legal Affairs
  • Vice President for Executive Affairs
  • Vice President for Women and Family Affairs
  • Vice President for Management and Human Resources Development
  • Vice President for Supervision and Strategic Affairs

Current Vice Presidents[edit]

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