Government of Hassan Rouhani (2013–present)

Rouhani cabinet

91st cabinet of Iran
Date formed 3 August 2013
People and organisations
Head of government Hassan Rouhani
Deputy head of government Eshaq Jahangiri
Head of state Ali Khamenei
Number of ministers 18
Ministers removed
Total number of ministers 22
Member party

Out of 31 Ministers and Vice Presidnets

By affiliation:

By Party membership:

Moderation and Development Party (5)
Islamic Iran Participation Front (5)
Executives of Construction Party (3)
National Trust Party (1)
Islamic Coalition Party (1)
Resistance Front of Islamic Iran (1)
Combatant Clergy Association (1)
Association of Combatant Clerics (1)
Islamic Labour Party (1)
Islamic Association of Iranian Medical Society (1)
Election(s) Iranian presidential election, 2013
Legislature term(s) 2012–2016
Incoming formation Confirmation of Hassan Rouhani's cabinet (2013)
Predecessor Second Ahmadinejad cabinet
Successor Incumbent

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]

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

Cabinet members

Vice presidents

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 began 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 members

Office Incumbent Party (Affiliation) From To
PresidentHassan Rouhani Moderation and Development Party 3 August 2013 Incumbent
First Vice PresidentEshaq Jahangiri Executives of Construction Party (R) 4 August 2013 Incumbent
Chief of StaffMohammad Nahavandian Islamic Coalition Party (P) 4 August 2013 Incumbent
AgriculturalMahmoud Hojjati Islamic Iran Participation Front (R) 15 August 2013 Incumbent
CommunicationMahmoud Vaezi Moderation and Development Party 15 August 2013 Incumbent
LabourAli Rabei Islamic Labour Party (R) 15 August 2013 Incumbent
CultureAli Jannati Moderation and Development Party 15 August 2013 19 October 2016
Abbas Salehi (acting) Moderation and Development Party 19 October 2016 1 November 2016
Reza Salehi Amiri Moderation and Development Party 1 November 2016 Incumbent
DefenseHossein Dehghan Independent 15 August 2013 Incumbent
FinanceAli Tayebnia Independent Reformist 15 August 2013 Incumbent
EducationAli Asghar Fani Independent Reformist 17 August 2013 19 October 2016
Mohammad Bathaei (acting) Independent 19 October 2016 Incumbent
Fakhruddin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani Islamic Iran Participation Front (R) 1 November 2016 Incumbent
EnergyHamid Chitchian Independent 15 August 2013 Incumbent
Foreign AffairsMohammad Javad Zarif Independent 15 August 2013 Incumbent
HealthHassan Hashemi Independent 15 August 2013 Incumbent
Business Mohammadreza Nematzadeh Moderation and Development Party 15 August 2013 Incumbent
Executives of Construction Party (R)
IntelligenceMahmoud Alavi Resistance Front of Islamic Iran (P) 15 August 2013 Incumbent
InteriorAbdolreza Rahmani Fazli Independent Principlist 15 August 2013 Incumbent
JusticeMostafa Pourmohammadi Clergy Association (P) 15 August 2013 Incumbent
PetroleumBijan Namdar Zanganeh Executives of Construction Party (R) 15 August 2013 Incumbent
ScienceJafar Towfighi (acting) Omid Iranian Foundation (R) 17 August 2013 27 October 2013
Reza Farajidana Independent Reformist 27 October 2013 20 August 2014
Mohammad-Ali Najafi (acting) Executives of Construction Party (R) 20 August 2014 26 November 2014
Mohammad Farhadi Islamic Association of Iranian Medical Society (R) 26 November 2014 Incumbent
TransportationAbbas Ahmad Akhondi Independent Reformist 15 August 2013 Incumbent
SportsReza Salehi Amiri (acting) Moderation and Development Party 17 August 2013 28 October 2013
Mohammad Shariatmadari (acting) Independent Reformist 28 October 2013 17 November 2013
Mahmoud Goudarzi Independent 17 November 2013 19 October 2016
Nasrollah Sajjadi (acting) Independent 19 October 2016 1 November 2016
Masoud Soltanifar National Trust Party (R) 19 October 2016 Incumbent
Vice Presidents
Atomic EnergyAli Akbar Salehi Independent 16 August 2013 Incumbent
Cultural Heritage and TourismMohammad-Ali Najafi Executives of Construction Party (R) 17 August 2013 30 January 2014
Masoud Soltanifar National Trust Party (R) 1 February 2014 1 November 2016
Zahra Ahmadipour Independent Reformist 6 November 2016 Incumbent
Environmental ProtectionMasoumeh Ebtekar Islamic Iran Participation Front (R) 10 September 2013 Incumbent
Executive AffairsMohammad Shariatmadari Association for Defence of Revolution Values (R) 8 October 2013 Incumbent
LegalElham Aminzadeh Independent Principlist 11 August 2013 12 July 2016
Majid Ansari Association of Combatant Clerics (R) 12 July 2016 Incumbent
Martyrs and VeteransMohammad-Ali Shahidi Independent 5 September 2013 Incumbent
ParliamentaryMajid Ansari Association of Combatant Clerics (R) 1 September 2013 12 July 2016
Hossein-Ali Amiri Independent Principlist 12 July 2016 Incumbent
National ElitesSorena Sattari Independent 5 October 2013 Incumbent
Supervision and StrategicMohammad Bagher Nobakht Moderation and Development Party 1 September 2013 Incumbent
Women and Family AffairsShahindokht Molaverdi Islamic Iran Participation Front (R) 8 October 2013 Incumbent
Administrative and Employment AffairsJamshid Ansari Independent Reformist 2 August 2016 Incumbent


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 also


  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. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. "Three ministerial nominees fail to win Iran Majlis confidence vote". PressTV. 15 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. 1 2 3 "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.
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Preceded by
Government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Government of Iran
Succeeded by
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