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This is a list of the Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran since the establishment of that office in 1980. The President of Iran is the highest popularly elected official in the country. The current President is Hassan Rouhani, since 3 August 2013.
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After the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and referendum to create the Islamic Republic on March 29 and 30, the new government needed to craft a new constitution. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered an election for the Assembly of Experts, the body tasked with writing the constitution. The assembly presented the constitution on October 24, 1979, and Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini and Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan approved it. This was also approved in December 1979 constitutional referendum.
The 1979 Constitution designated the Supreme Leader as the head of state and the President and Prime Minister as the heads of government. The post of Prime Minister was abolished in 1989.
The first Iranian presidential election was held on January 25, 1980 and resulted in the election of Abulhassan Banisadr with 76% of the votes. Banisadr was impeached on June 22, 1981 by Parliament. Until the early election on July 24, 1981, the duties of the President were undertaken by the Provisional Presidential Council. Mohammad-Ali Rajai was elected President on July 24, 1981 and took office on August 2. Rajai remained in office for less than one month, with both he and his prime minister being assassinated on August 30, 1981. Once again, a Provisional Presidential Council filled the office until October 13, 1981 when Ali Khamenei was elected president.
Ali Khamenei, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were each elected president for two terms. Hassan Rouhani is the current president, being elected in June 2013 presidential election.
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|#||Name||Picture||Born-Died||Took Office||Left Office||Political Party||Prime Minister||First Vice President||Term|
|1||Abulhassan Banisadr||1933–||4 February 1980||22 June 1981|
|Independent||Mohammad-Ali Rajai||Position not established||1|
|Provisional Presidential Council|
(Leader: Mohammad Beheshti,
then later Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili)
|–||22 June 1981||2 August 1981||–||–|
|2||Mohammad-Ali Rajai||1933–1981||2 August 1981||30 August 1981|
|Islamic Republican Party||Mohammad-Javad Bahonar||2|
|Provisional Presidential Council|
(Leader: Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani)
|–||30 August 1981||13 October 1981||–||Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani||–|
|3||Ali Khamenei||1939–||13 October 1981||16 August 1985||Islamic Republican Party|
Combatant Clergy Association
|16 August 1985||3 August 1989||4|
|4||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani||1934–||3 August 1989||3 August 1993||Combatant Clergy Association|
Executives of Construction Party
|Position abolished||Hassan Habibi||5|
|3 August 1993||2 August 1997||6|
|5||Mohammad Khatami||1943–||2 August 1997||8 August 2001||Association of Combatant Clerics||7|
|8 August 2001||3 August 2005||Mohammad-Reza Aref||8|
|6||Mahmoud Ahmadinejad||1956–||3 August 2005||5 August 2009||Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran||Parviz Davoodi||9|
|5 August 2009||3 August 2013||Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei||10|
|7||Hassan Rouhani||1948–||3 August 2013||Incumbent|
(Term expires 3 August 2017)
|Combatant Clergy Association||Eshaq Jahangiri||11|