Hamid Baghaei

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Hamid Baghaei
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Head of Presidential Administration of Iran
In office
9 April 2011 – 4 August 2013
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byEsfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Succeeded byMohammad Nahavandian
Vice President of Iran for Executive Affairs
In office
9 April 2011 – 4 August 2013
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byAli Saeedlou
Succeeded byMohammad Shariatmadari
Vice President of Iran
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
In office
17 July 2009 – 19 May 2011
PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded byEsfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Succeeded byRuhollah Ahmadzadeh
Personal details
Born1968/1969 (age 49–50)[1]
Hamedan, Iran[1]
Political partySweet Scent of Service (2006–2009)[2]

Hamid Baghaei (Persian: حميد بقایی‎) is an Iranian politician and former intelligence officer[1] who is considered one of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's closest confidants.[3] He first entered the administration in 2006 as deputy of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei in the Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization. In 2011, he simultaneously held the position of vice president in charge of executive affairs and headed the presidential administration.[4]

Arrest[edit]

In June 2015, Baghaei was arrested but his charges were not disclosed publicly.[4]

He has been arrested again since July 2017.

2017 presidential election[edit]

On 18 February 2017, Baghaei announced his candidacy in the Iranian presidential election, 2017 as an ‘independent’ candidate.[5] but his bid was rejected.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "حمید بقایی، دومین معاون بازداشت‌شده احمدی‌نژاد کیست؟". BBC Persian. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ Tehran Prosecutor Confirms Hikers' Sentences, Tehran Bureau, 20 August 2011, retrieved 11 December 2016, There has also been much discussion about whether there is any link between the Front and Mashaei. Conservative Majles deputy Hamid Reza Katouzian said that the Front is the same as Raayeheh-e Khosh-e Khedmat (RKK, or the Sweet Scent of Service), a pro-Ahmadinejad group that was active from 2006 to 2009. Katouzian added that Mashaei was the leader of the RKK and claimed that the behind-the-scenes leaders of the Front are Mashaei and Vice President for Executive Affairs Hamid Baghaei, another close and controversial Ahmadinejad aide.
  3. ^ Court Bans Vice President from Gov; Intel Ministry: CIA Spy Ring 'Smashed', Tehran Bureau, 21 May 2011, retrieved 11 December 2016
  4. ^ a b Former Ahmadinejad vice president arrested, Al-Monitor, 9 June 2015, retrieved 11 December 2016
  5. ^ Three Members of Ahmadinejad Cabinet Step in for Presidential Elections, Iranian Diplomacy, 20 February 2017, retrieved 20 February 2017
Political offices
Preceded by
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Ruhollah Ahmadzadeh
Head of Presidential Administration of Iran
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Mohammad Nahavandian
as Chief of Staff
Vacant
Title last held by
Ali Saeedlou
Vice President of Iran for Executive Affairs
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Mohammad Shariatmadari