Saadoun al-Dulaimi

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Saadoun al-Dulaimi
Sadun Dulaymi at the Pentagon May 22, 2012.jpg
Saadoun al-Dulaimi at The Pentagon in 2012
Defence Minister of Iraq
In office
17 August 2011 – Oct 2014
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Preceded by Nouri al-Maliki (acting)
Succeeded by Khaled al-Obaidi
Culture Minister of Iraq
In office
21 December 2010 – Oct 2014
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Defence Minister of Iraq
In office
1 June 2005 – 6 March 2006
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Preceded by Hazim al-Shaalan
Succeeded by Qadir Obeidi
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Ramadi, Al Anbar Governorate, Kingdom of Iraq
Political party Unity Alliance of Iraq
Alma mater University of Baghdad, Keele University
Profession Lecturer, Researcher. Psychologist, Statistician
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance  Iraq
Service/branch  Iraqi Army
Battles/wars Iran-Iraq War

Saadoun al-Dulaimi (Arabic: سعدون الدليمي‎‎ Saʿadūn ad-Dulaimī) (born 1954) is an Iraqi politician, a current MP, ex-minister of culture, and ex-minister of defence of Iraq for two terms.

Early life and education[edit]

Saadoun al-Dulaimi was born in Al-Anbar in 1954. He holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Baghdad in 1979, and a Ph.D in social psychology from the United Kingdom in 1990.

Before the fall of Saddam's regime[edit]

After obtaining the master's degree, he worked as a teacher at University of Baghdad, then he was sent to London to complete doctoral degree in 1986. In addition, he worked as a lecturer in British universities, and in many Arab universities, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan. He was also selected as a key member of scientific and academic associations, and conducted many researches in Arabic and English languages.[1]

He joined the Iraqi opposition against the rule of Saddam Hussein after the invasion of Kuwait; and was sentenced to death in absentia, for his participation in a coup attempt.[1] He participated in the opposition conferences abroad and was selected in the Coordination Committee and follow-up conference in London in 2002.

Later career[edit]

Saadoun returned to Iraq in 2003 and established "Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies - ICRSS", which is an independent, Scientific, non-governmental, non-aligned research institution. The center had many successful researches and opinion polls. He served as minister of defense in the government of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, from 1 June 2005 to 6 March 2006.[2] Then he was named ddvisor to the Council of Ministers in the government of Nouri al-Maliki from 15 June 2006 to the end of the Government on 20 May 2010. In the parliamentary elections held on 7 March 2010, Saadoun won on behalf of the Unity Alliance of Iraq in Al Anbar province.[3] He was appointed minister of culture to the government of Nouri al-Maliki, which he sworn on 21 December 2010[4] He was appointed the acting minister of defense on 17 August 2011. In the parliamentary elections held on 30 April 2014, Saadoun won on behalf of the United Sons of Iraq Alliance.


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