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Iraqi Ministers

On September 1, 2003, the Interim Iraqi Governing Council named its first cabinet of 25 Ministers. The Saddam-era positions of Minister of Defense and Minister of Information have been dissolved. The Ministers and their areas of responsibility include:

Minister of Agriculture Abdul-Ameer Abboud Rahima.
A Shia Muslim, Rahima hails from the city of Basra and is a member of the National Democratic Party

Minister of Communications Haider al-Abbadi
A Shia Muslim and electrical engineer by training, al-Abbadi is a member of the Daawa Party

Minister of Construction and Housing- Bayan Baqir Sulagh
A member of Iraq's Turkoman minority, Sulagh is a senior member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, during the 1990's, represented the organization in Lebanon and Syria

Minister of Culture Mofeed Mohammed Jawad al-Jazairi
A Shia Muslim and member of the Iraqi Communist Party, al-Jazairi was a journalist by profession. He worked for the Arabic desk at Czechoslovak Radio in the 1960s and 1970s and married Chech radio journalist Pavla Jazairiova. He returned to Iraq in the 1980s and became a member of the Kurdish opposition

Minister of Education Alaudin Abdul-Saheb al-Alwan
A Shia Muslim and native of Baghdad, al-Awan was dean of the College of Medicine at Mustansariyah University until 1992, when he joined the staff of the World Health Organization

Minister of Electricity Ayham al-Samarrai
A Sunni Muslim, al-Samarrai was a member of the Iraqi exile community in the United States during the 1990s, when he was a member of the executive committee of the opposition group Democratic Centrist Tendency. He is an associate of Adnan Pachachi and a member of Pachachi's Iraqi Independent Democrats

Minister of the Environment- Abdul-Rahman Sidiq Kareem
A Kurd, Karim is an engineer and environmental activist

Minister of Finance Kamil Mubdir al-Kilani
A Sunni Muslim and contractor, al-Kilani remained in Iraq during the span of the Saddam Hussein government. He holds a masters degree in economics and public administration from Mustansariyah University in Baghdad

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari
A Kurd originally from Aqrah, Zebari holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Essex in England and studied political science in Jordan. He was the foriegn spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the 1990s and represented the organization to Britain and the United States

Minister of Health Dr. Khudayer Abbas
A Shia Muslim and surgeon, he is a member of the Daawa Party

Minister of Higher Education Zeyad Abdul-Razzaq Mohammed Aswad
A Sunni Muslim, he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and formerly chaired Baghdad University's Department of Petroleum Engineering. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Southern California and University of Oklahoma in the United States

Minister of Human Rights Abdul-Basit Turki
No further information

Minister of Immigration and Refugees Mohammed Jassem Khodayyir
A Shia Muslim, Khodayyir is a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Daawa Party

Minister of Industry and Minerals Mohammed Tawfik Rahim
Originally from Sulaymaniyah, Rahim was w leader in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and former Deputy Speaker of the Kurdish parliament in the 1990s

Minister of Interior Nori al-Badran

Shia Muslim, Badran served in the government of Saddam Hussein as ambassador to Russia until fleeing Iraq upon its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. In exile, he joined the Iraqi National Accord opposition group.

Minister of Justice Hashim Abdul-Rahman al-Shibli
A Sunni Muslim, al-Shibli is a member of the newly formed National Democratic Party

Minister of Oil Ibrahim Mohamed Bahr al-Uloum
A Shia Muslim, al-Ulloum is the son of Shia cleric Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum. al-Ulloum was educated in the Unived States, earning a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of New Mexico; he later worked for the Kuwaiti oil ministry, for the Petroleum Recovery Research Center in New Mexico, and as an independent consultant in London (from 1992 to 2003). He avoided an assassination attempt in Iraq on 12 October 2003

Minister of Planning Mahdi al-Hafidh
A Shia Muslim, al-Hafez was the Iraqi representative to the United Nations from 1978 to 1980; afterwards, he headed the Arab Economic Research Association in Cairo. He is associated with the Iraqi Independent Democrats

Minister of Public Works Nesreen Mustafa Sidiq Berwari
Berwari holds a degree in public policy and management from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Governrment

Minister of Science and Technology Rashad Mandan Omar
A Sunni Muslim and Turkoman, originally from Kirkuk, Omar is an engineer by training and recently returned to Iraq from a period working in Dubai in the field of airport construction

Minister of Sport and Youth Ali Faik al-Ghadban
A Shia Muslim, al-Ghadban is a supporter of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq

Minister of Trade Ali Adbul-Amir Allawi
A Shia Muslim, Allawi was part of the Iraqi exile community in London during the rule of Saddam Hussein. He was one of the organizers of "The Declaration of Iraqi Shia," a statement released in 2002

Minister of Transport Behnam Zayya Polis
A member of Iraq's Christian minority, Bulos is originally from Baghdad, where he worked as a civil engineer

Minister of Water Resources Abdul-Latif Rashid
Rashid previously served as a spokesperson for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the United Kingdom.

Minister of Work and Social Affairs Sami Izara al-Majoun
A Shia Muslim and tribal leader from Samawa in Southern Iraq, al-Majun worked for the Saudi justice ministry from 1971 to 1980. He is a former member of the Iraqi National Congress
 

 

 

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