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Es’haq Jahangiri – ‘An administration of inclusive welfare’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Es’haq Jahangiri, the Iranian vice president, greets reporters following a news conference that he attended after registering his presidential bid at the Interior Ministry in Tehran, May 15, 2020. (Photo by Tasnim)

Es’haq Jahangiri is a prominent politician and Iran’s current vice president. He will be running in the June 18 presidential election as the Reformist camp’s top candidate.

Jahangiri served as the governor of Isfahan Province before becoming minister of industries and mines under ex-President Mohammad Khatami from 1997 to 2005.

The 63-year-old was also a member of Iran’s Parliament for two terms, among other posts.

Born in Iran’s Kerman Province in 1958, Jahangiri received a Ph.D. in industrial management from Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran.

In 2017, Jahangiri joined the presidential race, but he dropped his bid shortly before the vote in favor of his boss, Hassan Rouhani, who won. Many said Jahangiri ran merely to back Rouhani up during the televised pre-election debates.

‘Administration of inclusive welfare’

After registering his presidential run, Jahangiri said he only decided to enter the fray after Foreign Minister Javad Zarif turned down the Reformists’ calls for him to vie for president.

He said the country has “a golden opportunity” in the next four years to resolve its basic problems, fulfill national interests, reach agreements, and de-escalate at home and abroad.

Jahangiri added that he would work, if elected, to form an “administration of inclusive welfare,” fight poverty and organized corruption, bolster the quality of public services, particularly in the areas of health and education, and address wage inequality.

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