Adnan al-Zurfi

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Adnan al-Zurufi
عدنان الزرفي
Governor of Najaf
Assumed office
31 January 2009
Preceded byAsaad Abu Gilel al-Taie
Governor of Najaf
In office
6 May 2004 – 30 January 2005
Succeeded byAsaad Abu Gilel al-Taie
Personal details
Born1966 (age 53–54)
Najaf, Iraq
NationalityIraq , American
Political partyLoyalty to Najaf
Alma materAlfik College

Adnan al-Zurfi (Arabic: عدنان الزرفي‎) was chosen as the new prime minister-designate on 17 March 2020 by Iraqi President Barham Salih after Mohammad Allawi withdrew his nomination.[1] Al-Zurfi withdrew from forming a new government on 9 April 2020.[2] He was appointed by Paul Bremer, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator, as governor of Najaf Governorate in July 2004.[3]

As a result of his willingness to work with the Iraqi government and the coalition he and his family were targeted by insurgents and militias. His uncle was killed in April 2004,[4] and his brother was kidnapped in Kufra on 1 December 2005, just prior to the 2009 governorate elections, in which Zurfi was running.[5]

A member of the Bani Hassan tribe, al-Zurfi earned a degree in Islamic law at Alfik College, the Islamic jurisprudence college, in Najaf.[3]


  1. ^ "Former Najaf governor Adnan Al Zurfi appointed Iraq's prime minister-designate". The National. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Iraq names its third prime minister in 10 weeks". Reuters. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Appointment of New Governor for Najaf". Coalition Provisional Authority. 6 May 2004. Archived from the original on 7 July 2004.
  4. ^ Bill Glauber (23 May 2004). "Former activist fills difficult role in restless province". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ Edward Wong (3 December 2005). "U.S. Goals for Iraqi Forces Meet Success and Challenges in Najaf". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2020.