Hassan Habibi

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Hassan Habibi
حسن حبیبی
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Habibi in 1980
First Vice President of Iran
In office
1 September 1989 11 September 2001
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Mohammad Khatami
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded by Mohammad-Reza Aref
Minister of Justice
In office
9 March 1985 1 September 1989
President Ali Khamenei
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byMohammad Asghari
Succeeded by Esmail Shooshtari
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
28 May 1980 28 May 1984
Constituency Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority1,552,478 (72.7%)
Minister of Culture and Higher Education
In office
1 October 1979 6 November 1979
Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan
Preceded by Ali Shariatmadari
Succeeded byHassan Arefi
Personal details
Hassan Ebrahim Habibi
Persian: حسن ابراهیم حبیبی

(1937-01-29)29 January 1937
Tehran, Iran
Died31 January 2013(2013-01-31) (aged 76)
Tehran, Iran
Political party
Spouse(s)Shafigheh Rahideh [1]
Awards Independence Ribbon Bar (I.R.Iran).svg Excellent Order of Independence [2]
Ribbon of Knowledge.png Order of Knowledge (1st class) [3]

Hassan Ebrahim Habibi (Persian : حسن ابراهیم حبیبی, b. 29 January 1937 – d. 31 January 2013) was an Iranian politician, lawyer, scholar and the first vice president from 1989 until 2001 under Presidents Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami. He was also a member of the High Council of Cultural Revolution and head of Academy of Persian Language and Literature from 2004 until his death in 2013.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script, which itself evolved from the Aramaic alphabet.

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Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Iranian politician, Shia cleric and Writer

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Early life and education

Habibi was born on 29 January 1937. He studied sociology in France. [4] [5] He held a PhD in law and sociology. When he was a university student he visited Khomeini while the latter was in exile. [6]


Habibi was tasked by Ayatollah Khomenei to draft the prospective constitution of Iran when the latter was in exile in Paris. [7] His version was heavily modified due to criticisms and the final text was approved by the election in November 1979. [5]

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Following the Iranian revolution, Habibi was named public spokesman for the revolutionary council. [8] He was among the main architects of the first draft of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was later passed for more discussion to an elected Assembly of Experts for Constitution. [9] The assembly made significant changes in the original draft, e.g. by introducing the new position of "leader of the Islamic Republic" based on Khomeini's concept of Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists, which gave almost unlimited power to the clergy. The modified version was approved in a popular referendum in 1979. In the 1980 presidential election, Habibi run for office, but received only ten percent of the vote against Banisadr's seventy percent. [10] Habibi was backed by Mohammad Beheshti in the election process. [10] In the same year he won a parliamentary seat, being a representative of the Islamic Republican Party. [11]

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Assembly of Experts for Constitution former Institution of the Revolution in Iran

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Habibi served as the minister of justice under Prime Minister Mousavi. He was first vice president of Iran from 1989 to 2001, eight years under President Rafsanjani and then four years under President Khatami. [9] He was replaced by Mohammad Reza Aref in the post in Khatami's second term. He was also head of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature [12] and a member of the Expediency Council. [13]

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Habibi died on 31 January 2013. He was buried at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in Tehran on 1 February. [13] The funeral service was attended by leading Iranian political figures, including President Ahmedinejad. [13]


Habibi is the author of several books, including God (1981), Society, Culture, Politics (1984), Islam and the Crisis of Our Time (1984), In the Mirror Of Rights: Views Of International Rights, Comparative Rights And Sociology (1988), Seeking the Roots (editing & translation) (1994), Casework of An Ages Student (1997), One Word Out Of Thousands (2 vol.) (1998-2001) and General International Rights (2 vol.) (2003). [14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Office established
First Vice President of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Reza Aref
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jalaleddin Farsi
Islamic Republican Party nominee for President of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Ali Rajaei

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