|Vice President of Iraq
Shared office with
Ghazi al-Yawar 2005-06; Tariq al-Hashimi 2006-11; Khodair al-Khozaei 2011
April 7, 2005 – May 31, 2011
|Preceded by||Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways (Interim Vice Presidents)|
|Succeeded by||Tariq al-Hashimi and Khodair al-Khozaei|
|Finance Minister of Iraq|
June 2, 2004 – April 6, 2005
|President||Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer|
|Prime Minister||Ayad Allawi|
|Succeeded by||Ali Allawi|
Adil Abdul-Mahdi al-Muntafiki (Arabic: عادل عبد المهدي المنتفكي ) (born 1942 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi Shi'a politician, economist, and was one of the Vice Presidents of Iraq from 2005 to 2011. He was formerly the Finance Minister in the Interim government.
Abdel-Mahdi is a member of the powerful Shi'a party the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, or SIIC. Long based in neighboring Iran, the group opposed a United States administration while holding close ties with the other U.S.-backed groups that opposed Saddam Hussein, including the Kurds and the Iraqi National Congress.
He is a trained economist who left Iraq in 1969 for exile in France. He worked for French think tanks and edited magazines in French and Arabic. He was educated in France, and is the son of a respected Shiite cleric who was a minister in Iraq's monarchy. He attended high school at Baghdad College, an elite American Jesuit secondary school.
In the 1970s, Abdul-Mahdi was a leading member of the Iraqi Communist Party. The Party split into two separate factions, the ICP-Central Committee, which was more accommodating of the military governments that had ruled Iraq since 1958, and the ICP-Central Leadership, which rejected all forms of cooperation of what it regarded as anti-progressive regimes, in 1967. Abdul-Mahdi joined the ICP-Central Leadership, and continued being active until it gradually disappeared by the early 1980s. By that time, Abdul-Mahdi adopted Iranian Islamic ideas, eventually merging with the Islamists when Ayatollah Khomeini eradicated the communists and other liberal oppositions groups in Iran. Abdul-Mahdi continued his association with Iran and gradually amalgamated his group within the ICP-Central Leadership with the Iranians, rejecting his Marxist past and devoting all his group's time to propagating Khomeini's ideas in France, where he lived at the time. He eventually was made a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, an exiled opposition party and militia that was formed by Iran in Tehran in 1982 but composed exclusively of Iraqi exiles.
In 2006, Abdul-Mahdi, outgoing Vice President in the transitional government, unsuccessfully ran for the United Iraqi Alliance's nomination for Prime Minister against incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He lost by one vote. He was reportedly considered to be a possibility for Prime Minister once again until Nouri al-Maliki became the UIA nominee. Subsequently, Abdul-Mahdi was re-elected as Vice President of Iraq. He exerted his limited authority in that role by delaying the first meeting of the National Assembly in March. He resigned from his position as vice-president on 31 May 2011.
In December 2006, the Associated Press reported that Abdul-Mahdi could be the next Prime Minister of Iraq if a new multi-sectarian coalition succeeded in toppling the government of Nouri al-Maliki.
On 26 February 2007, he survived an assassination attempt that killed ten people. He had been targeted two times prior to this latest attack.
- Ismail, Tariq, The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Iraq Cambridge University Press (2008), p.239
- Vice President of Iraq resigns
- Hamza Hendawi; Qassim Abdul Zahra (10 December 2006). "Talks Under Way to Replace Iraq PM". The Washington Post (Baghdad). AP. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Sly, Liz (27 February 2007). "VP survives assassination try in Iraq". Chicago Tribune (Baghdad). Retrieved 27 December 2012.
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Coalition Provisional Authority
|Finance Minister of Iraq
Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways
|Vice President of Iraq
Served alongside Ghazi al-Yawer, Tariq al-Hashimi and Khodair al-Khozaei
Tariq al-Hashimi and Khodair al-Khozaei