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The President of Iran is the second formal position after the Supreme leader. The president has the authority to introduce members of his cabinet to the Iranian Parliament for confirmation under the Constitution of Iran.[1]

First Hassan Rouhani Cabinet
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11th cabinet of Islamic Republic of Iran
President of Iran
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President Rouhani and his Cabinet, 2017
Date formed3 August 2013
Date dissolved3 August 2017
People and organisations
Head of stateAli Khamenei
Head of governmentHassan Rouhani
Head of government's history
Deputy head of governmentEshaq Jahangiri
No. of ministers18
Ministers removed
Total no. of ministers22
Election(s)2013 Iranian presidential election
Legislature term(s)9th term
10th term
Incoming formationConfirmation of Hassan Rouhani's cabinet (2013)
PredecessorAhmadinejad II
SuccessorRouhani II

Rouhani is the seventh president of Iran which governed within the eleventh government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Cabinet membersEdit

Vice presidentsEdit

Rouhani appointed Jahangiri as the first vice president. Elham Aminzadeh is another Vice President, who was appointed by Rouhani as his vice president for legal affairs on 11 August.[2] Mohammad Bagher Nobakht is the other vice president in the cabinet and he is in charge of planning and strategic supervision.[3]


Rouhani announced his designated cabinet on 4 August 2013. Then, parliament voted to his cabinet. The voting process was begun on 12 August and was ended on 15 August.[4] The voting was held on 15 August and three of the eighteen nominees were not approved by the Majlis, those proposed to head the ministries of education, science, research and technology; and sports and youth.[5][6]

Cabinet membersEdit

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Presidential Administration
President Hassan Rouhani3 August 20133 August 2017MDP
First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri[A]4 August 20138 August 2017ECP
Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian[B]4 August 201320 August 2017ICP
Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati[A]15 August 201320 August 2017IIPF
Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi15 August 201320 August 2017MDP
Labour and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabei[A]15 August 201320 August 2017ILP
Culture Minister Ali Jannati15 August 201319 October 2016MDP
 Abbas Salehi*19 October 20161 November 2016Independent
 Reza Salehi Amiri1 November 201620 August 2017MDP
Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan15 August 201320 August 2017Military
Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia[A]15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Education Minister Ali Asghar Fani[A]17 August 201319 October 2016Independent
 Mohammad Bathaei*1 November 201619 October 2016Independent
 Fakhruddin Ahmadi[A]19 October 201620 August 2017IIPF
Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Health Minister Hassan Hashemi15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Industries and Business Minister Mohammadreza Nematzadeh[A]15 August 201320 August 2017MDP
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi[B]15 August 201320 August 2017RFII
Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli[B]15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi[B]15 August 201320 August 2017CCA
Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh[A]15 August 201320 August 2017ECP
Science Minister Jafar Towfighi*17 August 201327 October 2013OIF
 Reza Farajidana[A]27 October 201320 August 2014Independent
 Mohammad-Ali Najafi[A]*20 August 201426 November 2014ECP
 Mohammad Farhadi[A]26 November 201420 August 2017AIMSI
Roads and Housing Minister Abbas Akhoundi[A]15 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Sports and Youth Minister Reza Salehi Amiri*17 August 201328 October 2013MDP
 Mohammad Shariatmadari[A]*28 October 201317 November 2013Independent
 Mahmoud Goudarzi17 November 201319 October 2016Independent
 Nasrollah Sajjadi*19 October 20161 November 2016Independent
 Masoud Soltanifar[A]1 November 201620 August 2017MDP
Vice Presidents
Atomic Energy Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi16 August 201310 August 2017Independent
Cultural Heritage Vice President Mohammad-Ali Najafi[A]17 August 201330 January 2014ECP
 Masoud Soltanifar[A]1 February 20141 November 2016MDP
 Zahra Ahmadipour[A]6 November 201613 August 2017IAUI
Environment Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar[A]10 September 201313 August 2017IIPF
Executive Vice President Mohammad Shariatmadari[A]8 October 201316 March 2017Independent
 Mohammad Shariatmadari[A]24 May 201720 August 2017Independent
Legal Vice President Elham Aminzadeh[B]11 August 201312 July 2016Independent
 Majid Ansari[A]12 July 20169 August 2017ACC
Martyrs Vice President Mohammad-Ali Shahidi5 September 201316 August 2017Independent
Parliamentary Vice President Majid Ansari[A]1 September 201312 July 2016ACC
 Hossein-Ali Amiri[B]12 July 201620 August 2017Independent
Elites Vice President Sorena Sattari5 September 201316 August 2017Independent
Planning Vice President Mohammad Bagher Nobakht1 September 201320 August 2017MDP
Women's Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi[A]8 October 20139 August 2017IIPF
Administrative Vice President Jamshid Ansari[A]2 August 201620 August 2017Independent
Special Aide Hossein Fereydoun28 August 201320 August 2017MDP
Ethnic and Religious Minorities Ali Younesi[A]22 August 201320 August 2017Independent
Citizenship Rights Elham Aminzadeh[B]12 July 20169 August 2017Independent
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Reformist
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Conservative
* Acting


The list of cabinet members received mixed reactions from the Iranian press.[7] Reformist dailies mostly expressed positive statements about the nominated cabinet members whereas Shargh, another reformist paper, regarded the list both satisfactory and unsatisfactory, claiming that it includes a "non-partisan and moderate government" featuring figures from all political parties.[7] Kayhan, on the other hand, criticized the nomination of oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.[7]

On 8 August 2013, three international organizations, namely Reporters Without Borders, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and Human Rights Watch, requested the withdrawal of Mostafa Pourmohammadi's nomination for the post of justice minister due to his controversial past tenure.[8] Revolutionary Guards Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari criticised Rouhani's administration in December 2013: "The military, systems and procedures governing the administrative system of the country are the same as before, [but it] has been slightly modified and unfortunately infected by Western doctrine, and a fundamental change must occur. The main threat to the revolution is in the political arena and the Guards cannot remain silent in the face of that."[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Text of Constitution of Iran Iran Online
  2. ^ "Iran's Rouhani Appoints Female Vice-President in New Cabinet". Fars News. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  3. ^ "New Vice Presidents Appointed In Iran". Haberler (News). 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Iran MPs to vote for Rouhani's cabinet on August 12". Nasim Online. 6 August 2013. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Three ministerial nominees fail to win Iran Majlis confidence vote". PressTV. 15 August 2013. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  6. ^ Kamali Dehghan, Saeed (15 August 2013). "Iran's parliament approves 15 of Hassan Rouhani's 18 cabinet ministers". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Iran's press split on all-male cabinet". Gulf News. AFP. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Iran: Withdraw Cabinet Nominee Implicated in Abuses". Human Rights Watch. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  9. ^ Iranian general criticises Rouhani government Al Jazeera. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
Cabinet of Iran
Preceded by
Second Government of Ahmadinejad
First Government of Rouhani
Succeeded by
Second Government of Rouhani