Ayad al-Samarrai

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Ayad al-Samarrai
إياد السامرائي
Deputy of the Iraqi Islamic Party
Assumed office
24 May 2009
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Adhamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq
Nationality Iraqi
Political party Iraqi Islamic Party
Alma mater University of Baghdad
Occupation Politician

Ayad al-Samarrai (Arabic: إياد السامرائي‎‎; born 1946) is a Sunni Arab Iraqi politician,[1] who was the chairman of the Iraqi Accord Front parliamentary group, and since July 2011 is the secretary-general of the Iraqi Islamic Party. He was elected as the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament on April 19, 2009, succeeding Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani.[1]

Early life[edit]

Samarrai was born in 1946 in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad.[2] He graduated in 1970 from the University of Baghdad with a Bachelor of Science from the Mechanical Engineering Department.[2]


Samarrai lived in exile in Leeds Britain in 1995, when he was elected secretary-general of the party.[3]

Prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq he was appointed to the American-backed opposition Follow-Up and Arrangement Committee.

Return to Iraq[edit]

In September 2006 he was appointed as a member/ second deputy chairman of parliamentary review committee considering amendments to the constitution of Iraq.

In July 2007 he was elected head of the Iraqi Accordance Front parliamentary group, replacing Adnan al-Dulaimi.[4]

On 24 May 2009 he was elected as Deputy of the Iraqi Islamic Party.[5]