Mohammad Ardakani

Mohammad Nazemi Ardakani is an Iranian politician who served as the minister of cooperatives and governor of the Qom province.

Mohammad Ardakani
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President of the National Organization for Civil Registration
In office
9 October 2009 – 15 May 2016
PresidentMahmoud Ahmedinejad
Hassan Rouhani
Preceded byMohammad Reza Ayatollahi
Succeeded byAlireza Avayi
Governor of Qom
In office
19 March 2008 – 8 October 2009
PresidentMahmoud Ahmedinejad
Preceded byAbbas Mohtaj
Succeeded byMohammad Hossein Mousapour
Minister of Cooperatives
In office
9 November 2005 – 28 October 2006
Acting: 27 August – 9 November 2005
PresidentMahmoud Ahmedinejad
Preceded byAli Soufi
Succeeded byMohammad Abbasi
Personal details
Born1955 (age 65–66)
Ardakan, Iran
Spouse(s)Efat Nabavi


Ardakani served as the representative of the religious judge in the Iranian Army's revolutionary courts in western Iran.[1] Then he became a member of the IRGC's political bureau in Kurdistan province.[1] He served as a member of the supreme labor council from 1990 to 1994.[1]

When then newly-elect President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's nominee for the minister of cooperatives was not approved by the Majlis,[2] Ardakani was named acting minister in September 2005.[3] He was nominated by Ahmedinejad for the full portfolio in early November 2005.[4] Ardakani was approved by the Majlis as minister on 9 November, getting 174 votes out of 236, with 51 against.[5] He was removed from office and was succeeded by Mohammad Abbasi in the post on 5 November 2006.[6][7]

After leaving office Ardakani became the head of the Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI).[8] Then he was appointed governor of Qom province.[9] Next he was made deputy to Mohammad Najjar, minister of interior.[8][10] Ardakani was also named head of National Organization of Civil Registration.[8][11]

Personal lifeEdit

Ardakani is married to the aunt of Masoud Zaribafan, who was cabinet secretary and is Ahmedinejad's brother-in-law.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Iran: New cabinet nominees are among veteran Revolutionary Guards, Judiciary officials". National Council of Resistance of Iran. 4 November 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ Bill Samii (9 November 2005). "Iran: Still Seeking a Stable Government". Payvand. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Proposed Education minister addressed Iranian Majlis". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. BBC. 9 November 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ "'Unknown' given Iran oil ministry". BBC. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Still seeking a stable government" (Reports (Vol. 8, Issue 45)). Radio Free Europe. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ Hossein Alizadeh. "The Best Government from Constitutional Revolution to Date!". Iran Briefing. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Iran Majlis approves new Cooperatives Minister". Iran Focus. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Invited speakers". IICM. 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  9. ^ Rubin, Michael (24 December 2008). "Iran News Round Up". National Review Online. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  10. ^ "The First Meeting of the Heads of ECO National Civil Registration Organizations/Centers". Economic Cooperation Organization. 3 October 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  11. ^ "Agenda of the World Population Day" (PDF). IRIP. 8 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  12. ^ Michael Rubin; Ali Alfoneh (10 May 2009). "Iran Presidential Election Round Up". National Review Online. Retrieved 28 July 2013.