Reza Sheykholeslam

Reza Sheykholeslam
Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare
In office
3 August 2011  3 February 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Himself (Labour)
Mohammad Abbasi (Cooperatives)
Sadeq Mahsouli (Social Welfare)
Succeeded by Asadollah Abbasi
Minister of Labour
In office
9 August 2009  3 August 2011
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Mohammad Jahromi
Succeeded by Himself (Cooperatives, Labour and Welfare)
Head of Presidential Center
In office
9 August 2005  9 August 2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Personal details
Born Abdol-Reza Sheykholeslami
(1967-01-01) 1 January 1967
Nowshahr, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater University of Science and Technology
Awards Order of Service (1st class)[1]

Reza Sheykholeslam (Persian: رضا شیخ‌الاسلام, born 1 January 1967) is an Iranian politician who is the former Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare. Before that, he was the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in the second cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2009 to 2011.[2] He was dismissed from office on 3 February 2013, being the ninth minister to be fired during the second term of president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad since 2009.[3][4]

Early life and education

Sheykholeslam was born on 1 January 1967 in Nowshahr, Mazandaran Province.[5] He was graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology in 1993, receiving a bachelor's degree in urban engineering.[5] In 1995, he obtained a master's degree.[5] He also holds a PhD in urban engineering, which he received from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2006.[5][6]


Sheykholeslam was a university teacher until 1997. He was appointed as deputy governor of Hormozgan Province in 1997 after Ali Nazari became governor. In March 2001, Nazari was resigned from office and Sheykholeslam was appointed by Mohammad Khatami as governor. He was in office until August 2005 after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed him as the head of presidential center. On 6 August 2009, he was nominated as minister of labour and social affairs by Ahmadinejad and was confirmed by Parliament with an absolute majority. On 26 July 2011, he was nominated as minister of cooperatives, labour and social welfare after three ministries was marged and was confirmed by the Parliament on 3 August 2011.[7] He was resigned on 3 February 2013 after parliament given a vote of no confidence to him.[8] 192 of 272 parliament members voted in favour of the impeachment of Sheykholeslam in the parliament.[9] Asadollah Abbasi replaced him as acting minister.[10]


  1. نشان‌های دولتی در روزهای پایانی خاتمی و احمدی‌نژاد به چه‌کسانی رسید؟. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  2. Majlis confirmed new Labour minister
  3. Rezaian, Jason (3 February 2013). "Iran's parliament dismisses another Ahmadinejad minister". The Washington Post. Tehran. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. "Ahmadinejad - Larijani Media Wars". Iran Media Program. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "A Brief Biography of Iran's New Ministers". Payvand. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  6. Glenn, Louisa (1 September 2009). "Background brief: Ahmadinejad's cabinet". National Democratic Institute. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  7. Four new minister was nominated to Majlis
  8. "Iran's parliament dismisses labor minister over controversial appointment". Fox News. Tehran. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  9. "Ninth minister in Ahmadinejad cabinet impeached". Gulf News. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  10. "Cabinet members". Official website. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Office established
Head of Presidential Center
Succeeded by
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Preceded by
Mohammad Jahromi
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Succeeded by
as Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Welfare
Preceded by
as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Welfare
Succeeded by
Asadollah Abbasi
Preceded by
Mohammad Abbasi
as Minister of Cooperatives
Preceded by
Sadeq Mahsouli
as Minister of Welfare and Social Security
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