|Preceded by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi|
Preceded by Gholamreza Shafaei
Name Eshaq Jahangiri
|Succeeded by Ali Akbar Mehrabian|
|Born 10 January 1957 (age 59)
Sirjan, Iran (1957-01-10) |
Political party Executives of Construction Party
Role First Vice-President of Iran
Spouse Manijeh Jahangiri (m. 1979)
Office First Vice-President of Iran since 2013
Party Executives of Construction Party
Education Iran University of Science and Technology, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Similar People Babak Morteza Zanjani, Morteza Motahhari, Mehdi Dibaj, Mohammad‑Ja'far Pouyandeh, Colonel Pessian
Preceded by Mohammad Reza Vaghefi
Iranian vice president withdraws from presidential race to endorse Rouhani
Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi (Persian: اسحاق جهانگیری کوهشاهی, born 21 January 1958) is an Iranian politician and first vice president of Hassan Rouhani's government. Jahangiri was the minister of industries and mines from 1997 to 2005 under President Mohammad Khatami. Before that, he was governor of Isfahan Province. He was also a member of Parliament for two terms.
- Iranian vice president withdraws from presidential race to endorse Rouhani
- Early life and education
- Political career
- 2013 presidential election and vice presidency
- 2017 presidential election
Early life and education
Jahangiri was born on 21 January 1958 in Sirjan County, Kerman Province. He graduated from University of Kerman with a degree in physics. He was active in revolutionary groups prior to the Iranian Revolution and once was wounded by the forces of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He later received a Ph.D from Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran in industrial management.
Jahangiri began his political career following the Iranian revolution. He became deputy head of the agriculture department in Kerman in July 1980. Then, he was appointed its head in 1982. He was elected to the Iranian Parliament in 1984 election. He was also reelected in next election. He was appointed governor of Isfahan on 1 September 1992 by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to replace with Gholamhossein Karbaschi. He held the position until 20 August 1997 when he was nominated by Mohammad Khatami as the minister of mines and metals and was confirmed by the Parliament. His portfolio was later changed to the minister of industries and mines and he held that position until President Ahmadinejad's cabinet took over in 2005. In 2008, it was rumored that Jahangiri would run for a seat in the Parliament but he rejected all.
2013 presidential election and vice presidency
He was a potential reformist's candidate in 2013 presidential election but he withdrew in favor of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and then became Rafsanjani's campaign manager. He was co-founder of Executives of Construction Party and served as its secretary general from 2006 to 2010. He was also a member of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's presidential campaign in 2009 presidential election. On 23 July 2013, it was reported that Jahangiri would be the next First Vice President and would be appointed by Rouhani after his inauguration. On 29 July, it was confirmed officially, pending his appointment for the post in the inauguration day. He was formally appointed on 4 August by Rouhani as his first vice president, replacing Mohammad-Reza Rahimi.
2017 presidential election
In April 2017, it was announced the Jahangiri would register as a candidate for the 2017 Iranian presidential elections. He was successfully vetted and approved by the Guardian Council on 20 April 2017 and officially became a presidential candidate. Many viewed his decision to run for the presidency as a tactical decision to support Rouhani throughout the debates and then withdraw before the voting commenced. He withdrew on 16 May 2017. Later, Hassan Rouhani won the election and Jahangiri was reappointed as first vice president.