Jasim Mohammed Jaafar

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Jasim Mohammed Jaafar in Baghdad, December 2007

Jasim Mohammed Jaafar (born 1958) (Arabic: جاسم محمد جعفر‎) is the Iraqi Minister for Youth & Sports in the government of Nouri al-Maliki. He was confirmed by the Iraqi National Assembly on 2006-05-20, having previously served as the Minister for Construction and Housing in the Iraqi Transitional Government.

Jaafar was born in Tuz Khurmatu, Saladin Province, Iraq. He went to university in Sulaymaniyah where he obtained a master's degree in civil engineering. He joined the opposition to Saddam Hussein in 1976 and was sentenced to death in 1981. He went into exile to Iraqi Kurdistan and helped found the Islamic Union of Iraqi Turkoman in 1991, becoming its deputy leader.