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    Iran's newly elected president nominates cabinet

     

    ___________________ By Masoud Karian, I.R.I.B. ___________________

    . Iranian President Hassan Rouhani introduced the list of his nominees for cabinet posts to the parliament at the end of his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.

    . Rouhani had a two-week deadline for introducing the list of his proposed cabinet ministers to the parliament, but he proved to be much industrious by presenting the list in his oath-of-office ceremony.

    Appointments:

    First Vice President: Es’haq Jahangiri

    Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs: Teimour Ali Asgari

    Vice President for Political and Security Affairs: Ali Younesi

    Vice President for Executive Affairs: Morteza Bank

    Vice President for Supervision and Strategic Affairs: Mohammad Baqer Nobakht

    Vice President and Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization: Reza Salehi

    Head of Presidential Office’s Inspection Bureau: Hossein Fereidoun

    Chief of Staff: Mohammad Nahavandian

    Chief Advisor: Akbar Torkan

    Foreign Affairs Advisor: Mahmoud Sariolqalam

    Nominees

    Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance

    Ali Jannati is the son of the prominent figure, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, and is politically closer to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

    He used to be the Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for International Affairs, Iran’s Ambassador to Kuwait and Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs.

    He also served in the capacities of Director of the Channel 1 of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

    . Acting head of the Culture and Islamic Communications Organization.

    . Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Cultural and Social Committee at the Supreme National Security Council.

    . Deputy Interior Minister for Political Affairs and foreign policy researcher in the Strategic Research Center.

    Among his former capacities are manager of the Ahvaz branch of the I.R.I.B., Judiciary envoy to I.R.I.B., governor general of Khuzestan Province, member of the Khatamulanbia headquarters and commander-in-chief of Armed Forces in Khorassan Province.

    Ministry of Petroleum

    Hassan Rouhani nominated Bijan Namdar Zanganeh to return to the post of petroleum minister, which he held under Iran's reformist government from 1997 to 2005, as Iran's ISNA news agency had reported.

    Zangeneh is an Iranian politician, who served at different cabinet posts.


    He was born in Kermanshah in 1953.

    He received his MSc in civil engineering from the University of Tehran in 1977 and then became a faculty member of Khajeh Nasireddin Tousi University.


    Following the 1979 revolution, Zangeneh was appointed deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance.


    Zangeneh actively involved in creation of the Construction Jihad Organization and immediately after the formation of a ministry with the same name in 1983, he headed the ministry.

    He was appointed minister of energy in the government in 1988. He also served as the energy minister in Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s cabinet.

    He was the minister of oil in Mohammad Khatami’s cabinet.

    He was appointed as a member of the Expediency Council by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in 1996. He currently teaches at several universities and academic centers.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Mohammad Javad Zarif is an Iranian diplomat and politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs-designate of Iran. He was Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations from 2002 to 2007.

    Before his appointment as the Ambassador to the UN, he had worked as the Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs from 1992 until 2002. Between 1989 and 1992, he had been the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

    Ministry of Agricultural

    Mahmoud Hojjati was born in Najaf-Abad, Isfahan province, in 1955. He was minister of roads and transport during the first four-year term of ex-president Mohammad Khatami and minister of agriculture jihad during Khatami second presidential term.

    He received bachelor degree in civil engineering from Isfahan University of Technology. He was governor general of Sistan-Baluchestan province and director of the Karkheh Dam Project.

    Ministry of Defense

    Born in 1957, Hossein Dehqan got his Ph.D. in Management from Tehran University.

    He served as the deputy minister of defense in the 7th and 8th governments and is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during the Sacred Defense era.

    He also served as vice-president and Head of the Martyrs and War Veterans Affairs Foundation in the 8th and 9th governments.

     

    Ministry of Health and Medical Education

    Seyyed Hassan Ghazizadeh, 54, is an ophthalmologist, specializing in cornea surgery. He is the record-holder of LASIK surgery in Iran. He is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Council.

    He has served as the advisor to minister of health, Medicare and medical education from 1997 to 2001 and the Chancellor of the Medical Sciences Faculty of Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

     

    Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade

    Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, 68, served as minister of industries under the Presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and used to be the deputy minister for Petrochemical Affairs under the Khatami’s government.

    His career continued during the government of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Deputy Petroleum Minister for Distribution and Refining Affairs.


    He was also the Labor Minister in the government of former president Mohammad-Ali Rajaie.


    He was born in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province, in 1945, gaining his BS in Environment Protection from Berkley University.

    Ministry of Intelligence

    Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi was born in 1954 in Shiraz.

    He is an Iranian cleric, politician and also a member of the Assembly of Experts.

    Alavi served at the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, for four terms. He also served as deputy defense minister.

    Ministry of Interior

    Abdolreza Rahmani Fazliwas born in 1960. He is an Iranian politician, government official and the president of Supreme Audit Court.

    Fazli served in different positions, including the head of the planning department, Member of Parliament, deputy chairman of Iranian National TV and Radio, deputy head of economic and international affairs at the ministry of interior.

    He was appointed secretary and deputy head of the Supreme National Security Council in October 2005.

    He was deputy of Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in charge of cultural, social and media affairs during the first presidential term of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

    In July 2008, Fazli was appointed as the president of the Supreme Audit Court. He was reappointed to the post in July 2012 for another four-year term.

     

    Ministry of Justice

    Mostafa Pourmohammadi’s nomination was made upon a proposal by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

    Mostafa Pourmohammadi, father of four, was born in 1960 in the holy city of Qom.

    He is a prosecutor and politician who has served in different positions and cabinet posts.

    He was educated in jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, and philosophy.

    He also completed his education in extra-jurisprudence and principles and holds a level four jurisprudence and Islamic law degree, which is equivalent to a PhD.

    Pourmohammadi was the prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court from 1979 to 1986.

    He was appointed the deputy intelligence minister in 1986.

    In 2005, Pourmohammadi was appointed interior minister by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His term ended in 2008. Later he was appointed head of Iran’s General Inspectorate Office.

    Ministry of Labor and social affair

    Ali Rabeiis a politician and sociologist who was an adviser to the former president Mohammad Khatami from 1997 to 2005.

    He is also a professor at Allameh Tabatabaei University.

    Rabiee graduated from University of Tehran with a degree in state management in 1970s and became a technician at General Motors factory in Tehran.

    He was Khatami’s representative at the Ministry of Intelligence in 2001. He was also head of executive committee of the Supreme National Security Council under Hassan Rohani from 2002 to 2005.

    Ministry of Roads and Urban Development

    Abbas Ahmad Akhondiwas born in 1957 in the city of Najaf, Iraq, where his grandfather Grand Ayatollah Allameh Amini resided. Along with other Iranian families, he was deported from Iraq in the 70s.

    Akhondi acquired his B.Eng. and M.S. from University of Tehran in Civil Engineering. He obtained his PHD from Royal Holloway University in Political Economy.

     

    In 1993, Akhondi became the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, making him the youngest minister in Iran’s modern history.

    He is also widely accredited for drafting Irans privatization bill known as Article 44 of the constitution.

    In 2011 he wrote a set of advised amendments to the Article 44 published by Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.

    His political positions included: deputy minister of construction jihad, deputy interior minister, minister of housing and urban development, secretary of Supreme National Security Council and head of the National Drug Control Headquaters.

     

    Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance

    Ali Tayyeb-Nia, Rouhani's choice to head the Ministry of Economy, has held government positions during the presidencies of reformist Khatami, centrist Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Ministry of Energy

    Hamid Chitchian, 56, served as Deputy Energy Minister for Planning and Economic Affairs and former member of the managerial board of the Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) and the Energy Organization.


    When he was young he joined provincial branch of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province.


    He managed to find his way to the Third Majlis and was assigned as deputy Energy Minister and Senior Advisor to the minister.

    Ministry of Education

    Mohammad Ali Najafi was born in 1950. He started his academic studies at Sharif University in mathematics and got his Master of Science degree (M.S.) from MIT University, US.

    He was a member of Tehran city council. He was the minister of higher education during 1980-1984, minister of education during presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the head of planning and budget organization during Khatami government.

    Then he went to the US to continue with higher education studies but due to his interest in backing the Islamic Revolution left his studies at doctorate degree unfinished and backed home to serve aspirations of the people.

     

    Ministry of Youth and Sports

    Born in 1959, Masoud Soltanifar holds M.A. in Political Science. He used to be the former deputy head of the Physical Training Organization.


    He was a member of the High Administrative Council for four years and also the High Informational Dissemination Council for four years.


    He served in the capacity of Governor-General of provinces, Gilan, Zanjan and Markazi, for 12 years, being the head of the Political Affairs Department at Governorate-General in provinces of Fars, Hamedan and Hormuzgan.

    Ministry of Justice

    Mostafa Pourmohammadi’s nomination was made upon a proposal by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

    Mostafa Pourmohammadi, father of four, was born in 1960 in the holy city of Qom.

    He is a prosecutor and politician who has served in different positions and cabinet posts.

    He was educated in jurisprudence, principles of jurisprudence, and philosophy.

    He also completed his education in extra-jurisprudence and principles and holds a level four jurisprudence and Islamic law degree, which is equivalent to a PhD.

    Pourmohammadi was the prosecutor of the Revolutionary Court from 1979 to 1986.

    He was appointed the deputy intelligence minister in 1986.

    In 2005, Pourmohammadi was appointed interior minister by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His term ended in 2008. Later he was appointed head of Iran’s General Inspectorate Office.

    Ministry of Science, Research and Technology

    Jafar Mili-Monfaredserved as caretaker of the ministry for a month after Mostafa Moein resigned from his post. After Jafar Towfiqi-Daryan received vote of confidence from Majlis for the post, he was appointed as deputy minister for planning and development.

     

    Mili-Monfared, 60, received his bachelor in electrical engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology. Then he traveled to Paris to continue with his studies in the same course until the doctorate level.

     

    He has so far served in the capacities of deputy minister of science, research and technology for technological affairs, head of Iran Scientific and Industrial Organization, deputy minister of science, research and technology for students affairs, vice chancellor of Amir Kabir University of Technology for research affairs, vice chancellor of Amir Kabir University of Technology for educational affairs and head of the universities electrical engineering department.

     

    Ministry of Information and Communications Technology

    Mahmoud Vaezi holds Ph.D. in International Relations and M.S. in Electronics Engineering. His first official capacity was Managing Director of Iran Telecommunications Company from 1979-1986.


    He currently serves as the head of the Foreign Policy Research Department at the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council.

    He used to be Foreign Minister Advisor, head of the Economic Relations Headquarters and deputy foreign minister for Euro-American and Economic Affairs.

    Parliament has to approve Rohani’s nominations for cabinet. According  to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, MPs will vote on the nominees next  week.

    ________________________ Tehran, I.R.I.B. ________________________



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