Usama al-Nujayfi

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Usama al-Nujayfi
Usama al-Nujayfi at US Department of State.jpg
Usama al-Nujayfi during a meeting at the U.S. Department of State in 2011
Vice President of Iraq
In office
9 September 2014 – 11 August 2015
President Fuad Masum
Preceded by Khodair al-Khozaei
Succeeded by Office abolished
Speaker of the Council of Representatives
In office
11 November 2010 – 15 July 2014
President Jalal Talebani
Preceded by Ayad al-Samarrai
Succeeded by Salim al-Jabouri
Personal details
Born Usama Abdu'l Aziz al-Nujayfi
Mosul, Iraq
Political party The Uniters for Reform
Other political
Relations Atheel al-Nujaifi (Brother)
Religion Sunni Islam

Usama Abdu'l Aziz al-Nujayfi (born c. 1956) is an Iraqi politician who was Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq from 2010 to 2014 and Vice President of Iraq from 2014 to 2015. He is from the Iraqi National List and served as Minister of Industry in the Iraqi Transitional Government. According to political ballot in 2010 his name was listed as "Usama Abdulaziz Mohammad Abdulaziz."


Early life[edit]

Born in Mosul in 1956 to a wealthy family of landowners and politicians, he has a degree in electrical engineering and was involved in building power plants in Iraq.[1][dead link] His brother, Atheel al-Nujaifi, serves as the current governor of Ninawa Governorate. He obtained his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mosul in 1978.


Shortly after graduation, he worked in the Iraqi government's electricity ministry for 12 years. In 1992, he established his own company.[2]

As Minister of Industry he privatized most of the state-owned companies which included firms working in sectors from petrochemical and cement to sugar, silk and heavy industry. He campaigned against the ratification of the Constitution of Iraq.[3] After the Iraqi legislative election of December 2005, he was nominated by the Iraqi National List to be a member of the Council of Representatives and subsequently headed a parliamentary committee.[4]

On September 2006 he sparked a walkout by Kurdish MPs when he said the villages around Mosul were of Arab origin.[5] His bodyguard was also assassinated in that month.[6] He claimed in October 2008 that the 2008 attacks on Christians in Mosul were carried out by Kurdish peshmerga and intelligence operatives.[7]

By 11 November 2010, he was elected as Speaker of the Council of Representatives.


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