Vice President of Iran

First Vice President of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
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Official seal
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Eshaq Jahangiri (First)
and 11 others

since 3 August 2013
Member ofCabinet
ResidenceBoostan Palace, Sa'dabad Complex
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo term
Inaugural holderThe First Vice Presidency

The Vice President of Iran (Persian: معاون رئیس‌جمهور 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 August 2019, 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

First Vice President

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

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.

Organization became Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization.

Optional Vice Presidents

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)