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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) leads cabinet meetings in the absence of the president.[1]

Vice presidents

First vice president

Vice President of the
Islamic Republic of Iran
Mohammad Mokhber (first)
since 8 August 2021
Member ofCabinet
ResidenceBoostan Palace, Sa'dabad Complex
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNo term
Inaugural holderHassan Habibi
September 1, 1989
(in line of presidential succession)
WebsiteThe First Vice Presidency

The role of the 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.


No. Vice President
Picture Took office Left office Party President
1 Hassan Habibi
21 August 1989 26 August 2001 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Executives of Construction Party (Since 1996)
Mohammad Khatami
2 Mohammad Reza Aref
(born 1951)
26 August 2001 10 September 2005 Islamic Iran Participation Front
3 Parviz Davoodi
(born 1952)
10 September 2005 17 July 2009 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
4 Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
(born 1960)
17 July 2009 25 July 2009
Office vacant from 25 July to 13 September 2009
5 Mohammad Reza Rahimi
(born 1949)
13 September 2009 5 August 2013
6 Eshaq Jahangiri
(born 1957)
5 August 2013 8 August 2021 Executives of Construction Party Hassan Rouhani
7 Mohammad Mokhber
(born 1955)
8 August 2021 Incumbent Ebrahim Raisi

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:

Current vice presidents

Office Officeholder Assumed office
First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber 8 August 2021
Head of Environmental Protection Organization Ali Salajegheh 3 October 2021
Head of Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Eslami 29 August 2021
Head of Plan and Budget Organization Davoud Manzour 16 April 2023
Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Hosseini 20 August 2021
Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Ensieh Khazali 1 September 2021
Head of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi 12 September 2021
Head of National Elites Foundation Ruhollah Dehghani Firouz Abadi 2 November 2022
Head of Administrative and Employment Affairs Organization Meysam Latifi 5 September 2021
Vice President for Executive Affairs Mohsen Mansouri 1 November 2022
Vice President for Legal Affairs Mohammad Dehghan 1 September 2021
Vice President for Economic Affairs Vacant -

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ "Iran VP pick too friendly toward Israel?". Associated Press. Accessed July 22, 2009.
  2. ^ Sheikhi, Marjohn (10 July 2017). "Iran's Bodyguard wins top prizes at VIFF 2017". Mehr News Agency.
Order of precedence Preceded byNone 1st in line of succession Succeeded bySpeaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly