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|• Governor||Ali al-Tamimi|
|• Mayor of Baghdad||Zekra Alwach|
|• Total||4,555 km2 (1,759 sq mi)|
|Population (2017 Estimate)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC+3)|
Baghdad Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بغداد Muḥāfaẓät Baġdād), also known as the Baghdad Province, is the capital governorate of Iraq. It includes the Baghdad as well as the surrounding metropolitan area. The governorate is the smallest of the 18 provinces of Iraq but the most populous.
Baghdad Governorate is one of the most developed parts of Iraq, with better infrastructure than much of Iraq, though heavily damaged from the US-led invasion in 2003 and continuing violence today. It also has one of the highest rates for terrorism in the world with suicide bombers and death squads operating in the city.
The Sadr City district is the most densely populated area in Iraq.
With 47,821 people per square kilometer, Baghdad Governorate is the densest country subdivision in the world.
Baghdad is governed by the Baghdad Provincial Council. Representatives to the Baghdad Provincial Council were elected by their peers from the lower councils of the administrative districts in Baghdad in numbers proportional to the population of the various districts that were represented.
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