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President of Iraq

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The President of Iraq is Iraq's head of state and chief of government. Iraq became a republic after the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958.

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Presidents of the Republic of Iraq

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Republic of Iraq (1991-2004)

For most of the country's history, Iraq's presidents have been authoritarian dictators occupying an office without a clearly designed constitutional structure. Such presidents exercised all power single-handedly, operating only with the consultation of a small cabinet.


No. Name Took Office Left Office Political Party
* Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i July 14, 1958 February 8, 1963 Military
01 Abd as-Salam Arif February 8, 1963 April 13, 1966 Military
02 Abd ar-Rahman al-Bazzaz April 13, 1966 April 16, 1966 Military
03 Abd ar-Rahman Arif April 16, 1966 July 17, 1968 Military
04 Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr July 17, 1968 July 16, 1979 Ba'ath Party
05 Saddam Hussein July 16, 1979 April 9, 2003 Ba'ath Party


* Head of state as Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, but not technically president.

Presidents of the Iraq interim governing council

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Coalition Provisional Authority Seal (2004)

Following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 an interim council ran Iraq under an American-led occupation authority. The council decided to have a 9-member collective presidency, in which formal chairmanship of the group would rotate on a monthly basis.


No. Name Term in Office Ethnic Group
* Ibrahim al-Jaafari August 2003 Shiite
* Ahmed Chalabi September 2003 Shiite
* Iyad Allawi October 2003 Shiite
* Jalal Talabani November 2003 Kurdish
* Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim December 2003 Shiite
* Adnan Pachachi January 2004 Sunni
* Mohsen Abdel Hamid February 2004 Sunni
* Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum March 2004 Shiite
* Massoud Barzani April 2004 Kurdish
* Ezzedine Salim May 1, 2004 – May 17, 2004 Shiite
* Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer May 17, 2004 – June 28, 2004 Sunni


State Presidents of Iraq

State of Iraq
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State of Iraq

In 2004 the council approved an interim constitution, called the Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period. Following the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people on June 28, 2004, Iraq's new Head of State is a "President of State", chosen by the elected National Assembly and run the three-person executive Presidency Council. The State President's powers are limited, with most executive authority belonging to the Prime Minister of Iraq.

On April 6, 2005 Jalal Talabani, the head of the PUK, became the first State President to be properly chosen by the newly-elected National Assembly.


No. Name Took Office Left Office Political Party Ethnic Group
* Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer June 28, 2004 April 6, 2005 The Iraqis Sunni
01 Jalal Talabani April 7, 2005 In Office Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Kurdish


  • In May 2004, outgoing council president Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer was chosen by the council to serve as the first Interim Iraqi State President under the Iraqi Interim Government until parliamentary elections could be held.

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