Habibollah Bitaraf

Habibolah Bitaraf (Persian: حبیب‌الله بی‌طرف‎) is an Iranian reformist[2] politician. He was Energy Minister for 8 years during Mohammad Khatami presidency.[3] He also served as provincial governor of Yazd.[1]

Habibollah Bitaraf
Minister of Energy
In office
14 August 1997 – 17 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byBijan Namdar Zangeneh
Succeeded byParviz Fattah
Governor of Yazd Province
In office
PresidentAli Khamenei
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byMorteza Fattah
Succeeded byAbdulali Hamidia
Personal details
Born1956 (age 63–64)
Yazd, Iran
Political partyIslamic Iran Participation Front
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
ProfessionCivil engineer[1]

He was nominated as the energy minister by President Hassan Rouhani on 8 August 2017[4] but he was the only nominee who did not gain a vote of confidence from the parliament on 20 August 2017, with 133 yeas, 132 nays, 17 abstentions and 6 invalid votes.[5]

Bitaraf is a founding member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front.[6]


  1. ^ a b Buchta, Wilfried (2000), Who rules Iran?: the structure of power in the Islamic Republic, Washington DC: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, pp. 40, 180, ISBN 0-944029-39-6
  2. ^ Reza Haghighatnejad (8 August 2017), "Rouhani Announces New Cabinet: Few Reformists, No Women", Iran Wire, retrieved 17 August 2017
  3. ^ Moslem, Mehdi (2002). Factional politics in post-Khomeini Iran. Syracuse University Press. p. 325. ISBN 978-0-8156-2978-8.
  4. ^ "Hassan Rouhani's cabinet is complete. Here's the full list", Tehran Times, 8 August 2017, retrieved 8 August 2017
  5. ^ "Almost All Ministers Proposed by Rouhani Receive Vote of Confidence", Iran Front Page, 20 August 2017, retrieved 20 August 2017
  6. ^ Iran Report, 1, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 23 November 1998, retrieved 25 March 2017