Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf

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Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf (ca. 1929 - 7 August 2009) was an Iraqi politician and served as Vice President of Iraq from 1975 until the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Early life[edit]

He was born into a prominent family in Kurd-dominated northern Iraq.

Political life[edit]

Marouf joined the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in 1968 and held several ministerial posts.

Marouf was an ethnic Kurd in Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party hierarchy, but the Kurdish community viewed his appointment as a mere gesture, believing that he had little real power. However, he did serve as ambassador to Italy, Malta, and Albania.[1]

It was announced that Marouf was taken into custody on Friday, May 2, 2003.[2] He had been captured with two other Saddam deputies Abdel Tawab Mullah Huweish, director of the Office of Military Industrialization and a deputy prime minister in charge of arms procurement, and Mizban Khadr Hadi commander of one of four military regions Saddam established on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Marouf was #24 (initially #42) on the U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqis. He was represented by the nine of diamonds in the Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.

He died on 7 August 2009 in Amman, Jordan. He was buried in Irbil, Iraq, the following day.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Saddam Hussein's former vice-president dies in Amman from cancer at 80". Google.com. 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ "List of 55 most wanted Iraqis and their status". USATODAY.com. 2003-12-14. Retrieved 2009-08-15.