Vice President of Iraq

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First Vice President of Iraq
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Incumbent
Vacant

since 10 September 2012
Style His Excellency
Appointer Parliamentary vote
Term length Four years, renewable once
Formation July 14, 1958
Second Vice President of Iraq
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Incumbent
Khodair al-Khozaei

since 31 May 2011
Style His Excellency
Appointer Parliamentary vote
Term length Four years, renewable once
Formation July 14, 1958

As currently constituted, the state of Iraq has two vice presidents or deputy presidents. The office of Vice President is largely ceremonial but prestigious. The Constitution of Iraq, in its "Transitional Guidelines," creates a three-member Presidency (or Presidential) Council, consisting of the President of the Republic and two vice (or deputy) presidents, who must act in unison. The Presidency Council has three members to accommodate Iraq's three largest groups: Sunni Muslim Arabs, Shiite Muslim Arabs, and (mostly Sunni) Kurds. As a unit, the Presidency Council is meant to symbolize the unity of the nation. This arrangement is required by the constitution to continue until the Council of Representatives, enters its second set of sessions. At this point, the Presidency Council would be replaced by a solitary President of the Republic, who would also have one deputy. In any case, the Presidency is appointed by the Council of Representatives.

This three-member arrangement is a hold-over from the Iraqi interim government and the Iraqi Transitional Government.

On 13 May 2011, three vice-presidents were elected.[1] On July 11 2011, Adil Abdul al-Mahdi resigned after he had presented his resignation to President Jalal Talabani on May 30, 2011. (Al-Aswat) (USA Today)

Vice-Presidents in the former regime[edit]

The former regime of Saddam Hussein also used the office of Vice President. Saddam himself held the title to 1979, when he established complete dominance over the state. Hardan al-Tikriti (1969–1970), Salih Mahdi Ammash and Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf also served as Vice-Presidents. The most recent Baathist to hold the office was Taha Yassin Ramadan, from 1991 to 2003.

Vice-Presidents of post-Baathist Iraq[edit]

Name Picture Born-Died Took Office Left Office Political Party
Ibrahim al-Jaafari Ibrahim al-Jaafari.jpg 1947– 1 June 2004 7 April 2005 Islamic Da'awa Party
Rowsch Shaways Coat of arms (emblem) of Iraq 2008.svg 1947– 1 June 2004 7 April 2005 Kurdistan Democratic Party
Adil Abdul al-Mahdi ADIL ABD AL-MAHDI iq.jpg 1942– 7 April 2005 31 May 2011 Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer Ghazi al Jawar.jpg 1942– 7 April 2005 22 April 2006 The Iraqis
Tariq al-Hashimi Tariq Al-Hashimi.jpg 1942– 22 April 2006 10 September 2012 Iraqi Islamic Party
Khodair al-Khozaei Coat of arms (emblem) of Iraq 2008.svg 1947– 13 May 2011 Present Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq

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See also[edit]

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