Fuad Hussein

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Fuad Hussein
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Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Assumed office
25 October 2018
Prime MinisterAdil Abdul-Mahdi
Preceded byBaha Araji
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
25 October 2018
Prime MinisterAdil Abdul-Mahdi
Preceded byAbdul Razzaq al-Issa
Chief of Staff President of Iraqi Kurdistan
In office
14 June 2005 – 1 November 2017
PresidentMasoud Barzani
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born1946 (age 73–74)
Khanaqin, Iraq
Political partyKurdistan Democratic (1966–1974, since 1983)
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (1974–1983)
Alma materUniversity of Baghdad

Fuad Mohammed Hussein (born 1946)[1] is an Iraqi politician from the Kurdistan Democratic Party who is the current Finance Minister in the Government of Adil Abdul-Mahdi.[2] He was approved by the Council of Representatives on 24 October 2018.[2][3]


Hussein was born in Khanaqin, a Kurdish-majority city in Diyala province, in 1946.[4] He is of Kurdish ethnicity, a Shi'ite Muslim by religion and married to a Dutch Christian wife.[5] He moved to Baghdad in 1967 and graduated from Baghdad University in 1971.[1] While in Baghdad he joined the Kurdish Student Union and then the Kurdistan Democratic Party. In 1975, after the Kurdish defeat in the Second Iraqi–Kurdish War, Hussein moved to the Netherlands, where he studied for a doctorate in international relations. He led the Kurdish students union abroad from 1976 and became the deputy head of the Kurdish Institute in Paris in 1987. He married a Dutch Protestant Christian while in the Netherlands, who was a descendant of the Italian Montessori family.[1]

He speaks fluent Kurdish, Arabic, Dutch and English. After the removal of Saddam Hussein, he was an adviser to the Ministry of Education, in charge of designing a new educational curriculum.[1]


He was appointed as Chief of Staff of Masoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government. In September 2018, the Kurdistan Democratic Party nominated him to be President of Iraq. Under the Iraqi political tradition of muḥāṣaṣah, the presidency was reserved for a Kurd. The KDP claimed the right as the largest Kurdish political party in the May general election to nominate their candidate.[4] The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan also nominated a candidate, Barham Salih, and the two parties were unable to agree a consensus. This meant that the decision went to a secret ballot of the newly elected MPs in the Council of Representatives—a first since the invasion of Iraq. Salih won the election with 219 votes to 22.[6]

Less than a month afterwards, Hussein was nominated as a KDP candidate for the Finance Ministry. Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi proposed him and this was approved by parliament on 24 October.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "From the shadows to presidency: Meet Fuad Hussein". Rudaw. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  2. ^ a b "ISHM: October 19 - 25, 2018 - Iraq". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  3. ^ a b "House of Representatives gives confidence to Abdul Mahdi and 14 ministers". Al Forat News, via dinardetectives.com. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  4. ^ a b "KDP nominates Fuad Hussein for Iraqi president". Rudaw. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  5. ^ "Exclusive interview with Iraq presidential candidate Fuad Hussein". Rudaw. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  6. ^ "Iraq: Parliament elects Barham Salih as new president". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
Preceded by
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by