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Haider al-Abadi

Haider al-Abadi
حيدر العبادي
Haider al-Abadi January 2015.jpg
75th Prime Minister of Iraq
Assumed office
8 September 2014
President Fuad Masum
Preceded by Nouri al-Maliki
Leader of the Islamic Dawa Party
Assumed office
8 September 2014
Preceded by Nouri al-Maliki
Deputy Leader of the Islamic Dawa Party
In office
15 January 2007 – 8 September 2014
Preceded by Nouri al-Maliki
Succeeded by Baha Araji
Minister of Communications
In office
1 September 2003 – 1 June 2004
Preceded by Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
Succeeded by Muhammad Ali Hakim
Personal details
Born Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi
(1952-04-25) April 25, 1952 (age 64)
Baghdad, Iraq
Nationality Iraqi
Political party Islamic Dawa Party
Other political
affiliations
State of Law Coalition
Children 3
Alma mater University of Technology
University of Manchester
Religion Shia Islam
Website www.h-alabadi.net

Haider Jawad Kadhim Al-Abadi (or al-'Ibadi; Arabic: حيدر جواد كاظم العبادي‎‎, born 25 April 1952) is an Iraqi politician who has been Prime Minister of Iraq since September 2014. Previously he served as Minister of Communication from 2003 to 2004, in the first government after Saddam Hussein.

A Muslim, he was designated as Prime Minister by President Fuad Masum on 11 August 2014 to succeed Nouri al-Maliki and was approved by the Iraqi parliament on 8 September 2014.

Al-Abadi, who speaks English, graduated high school in 1970 from Central High School (Arabic: الإعدادية المركزية‎‎) in Baghdad. In 1975, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Baghdad. In 1980, he earned a PhD degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Manchester.

Al-Abadi joined the Dawa Party in 1967. Two of his brothers were killed and one was put in prsion 1980, 1981, and 1982 for belonging to the Dawa Party. In 1977 he became the chief of the party while studying in London. In 1979 he became a member of the party's executive leadership. In 1983 the government confiscated al-Abadi's passport for conspiring against Iraq's Ba'ath Party.


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