Qasim Al-Fahadawi

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Qasim Al-Fahadawi
قاسم الفهداوي
Qasim AlFahdawi.jpg
Minister of Electricity
Assumed office
8 September 2014
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Preceded by Kareem Aftan
Governor of Anbar
In office
April 2009 – 20 August 2013
Deputy Fuad Jatab Hamad Khalaf al-Karbuli
Hikmat Jassim Zaidon Khalaf al-Mohemdi
Preceded by Maamoon Sami Rasheed al-Alwani
Succeeded by Ahmed Khalaf Dheyabi
Personal details
Born Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq
Nationality Iraq
Alma mater University of Baghdad
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi (Arabic: قاسم محمد عبد حمادي الفهداوي‎‎) is an Iraqi politician and businessman who is the current Minister of Electricity in the Al Abadi Government, and who previously served as the Governor of Anbar from April 2009 to August 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

Al-Fahadawi was born in Ramadi, in western Iraq's Al Anbar province. He graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1977 with a degree in engineering, and later studied in Germany. He left Iraq in 2006 due to the ongoing violence in the country and moved to the United Arab Emirates where he ran a construction company.[2]

Term as Governor[edit]

Following the Al Anbar governorate election, 2009, the leaders of the largest two parties, Ahmed Abu Risha of the Iraq Awakening and Independents National Alliance and Saleh al-Mutlaq of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front, invited Al-Fahadawi to come to Anbar as governor. He said he would only do so if he could work with all parties and that there would be no partisan political interference in his work, which they agreed. He was voted in as Governor by the Anbar Provincial Council 24-3 and formed an administration with all parties in the provincial council except the Iraqi Islamic Party which declined to join.[2]

Following his appointment, he condemned the "widely spread culture of corruption" that had developed and said he needed to "rebuild people's damaged morals". He pledged to focus on improving the supply of electricity and build new generation plants in Haditha, Ramadi and Fallujah. He signed a contract with a Korean company to build a complex of residences, hospitals, a sports centre and government buildings in Ramadi.[1] In August 2009, fDi Magazine named him "Middle East Personality of the Year" for his work as governor.[3]

Al-Fahadawi was seriously injured in an assassination attempt by a suicide bomber on December 30, 2009. He had been surveying the scene of an earlier suicide attack in Ramadi when the bomber struck. At least 23 others were killed.[4] Fahadawi lost his hand in the attack and was fitted with a prosthetic replacement.[5]

As Governor, he negotiated with the Emirati oil companies, Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas to develop Anbar's Akkas gas field. The companies promised to create 100,000 jobs, and Fahadawi asked Prime Minister al-Maliki to by-pass the usual Oil Ministry tendering process to award the contract to these two companies. Opponents accused him of corruption, controlling how business contracts are awarded, with the head of the US Provincial Reconstruction Team saying that "accountability and transparency were at variance" with the expectations of Anbar's leaders.[6]

Following the 2013 Anbar governorate election, Ahmed Khalaf Dheyabi, a protest organizer from the Iraqi Islamic Party and a member of the Uniters List, was eventually chosen as the new Governor.[7] He was sworn in on 20 August 2013.[8]

Term as Minister[edit]

Al-Fahadawi was appointed by Haider al-Abadi to serve in his government, a role he assumed on 8 September 2014, serving as Minister of Electricity. In February 2016, Al-Fahadaqi was named as someone who could potentially lose their role in a future reshuffle.[9]


  1. ^ a b Niqash meets Anbar's new governor Archived August 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Niqash, 2009-06-18
  2. ^ a b In Iraq's Anbar province, the Awakening grapples with a new role, Los Angeles Times, 2009-05-04
  3. ^ fDi Personalities of the Year 2009, fDi Magazine, 2009-08-18
  4. ^ Provincial Governor Survives Iraq Bombings, The New York Times, 2009-12-30
  5. ^ What’s Old Is New Again, The New Republic, 9 February 2010
  6. ^ In Anbar Province, New Leadership, but Old Problems Persist, New York Times, 12 September 2009
  7. ^ Stephen Warrick (29 August 2013). "Maliki Eyes Third Term: 2013 Iraq Update #34". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Ahmed Hussein (20 August 2013). "Anbar new elected Governor to swear in today". Iraqi News. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Martin, Patrick (15 February 2016). "Iraq Prime Minister's Cabinet Reshuffle May Lead to No-Confidence Vote". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 6 October 2016.