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 Barham Salih MP

In office
22 April 2006 – 20 August 2009[1]
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

In office
01 September 2009 – Present
Preceded by Nechervan Idris Barzani

Born 12 September 1960 (1960-09-12) (age 49)
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Nationality Kurdish
Political party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
Spouse(s) Dr. Sarbagh Salih (women’s rights activist)[2]
Residence Arbil
Religion Sunni Islam

Barham Ahmad Salih (Kurdish:به‌رهه‌م ئه‌حمه‌د ساڵح);Arabic: برهم أحمد صالح‎) born 1960) is a Kurdish politician. He is currently the prime minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is married and has a daughter currently attending Princeton University and a son attending King's Academy in Madaba, Jordan.


Early life

Dr. Barham Salih was born in 1960 in the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. He was arrested in 1979 by the Baathist regime twice on charges of involvement in the Kurdish national movement and spent 43 days in detention in a Special Investigation Commission prison in Kirkuk where he was tortured. Once release he finished high school honors and was ranked the first in Kurdistan and the third in Iraq with a grade of 96.5%. He left Iraq for the United Kingdom because of continuous prosecution.

Career at the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

He joined the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in late 1976 where he became a member of the PUK department of Europe, and in charge of PUK foreign relations in London. Along with the political struggle, he finished his university studies and received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Construction in 1983 from the University of Cardiff in Britain. He then continued to study and obtained a Doctorate degree in Statistics and Computer Applications in Engineering in 1987 from the University of Liverpool.

He was elected member of the PUK leadership at the first conference of the party when Iraqi Kurdistan was liberated from the Ba'ath Party following the first Gulf War, and was assigned the task of heading the PUK Office in the United States.

After the fall of the Baathist regime, he became Deputy Prime Minister in the Interim Iraqi Government in mid-2004, Minister of Planning in the Transitional Government in 2005, and Deputy Prime Minister in the elected Iraqi Government (Nouri al-Maliki’s Cabinet), in which he became in charge of the economic portfolio and Head of the Economic Committee. Representing the Iraqi Government, he launched the International Compact with Iraq – an initiative of mutual commitment between Iraq and the international community to help Iraq in meeting its obligations of “building a prosperous, democratic and federal country, in peace with itself and with the region and the world”.

He headed the Kurdistani List in the Iraqi Kurdistan legislative election, 2009 where his list won 59 of the 111 seats in the Parliament. He succeeded Nechervan Idris Barzani as the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Salih appeared on The Colbert Report on June 10, 2009, broadcast from Baghdad, and was interviewed by the host. He praised the U.S. military for freeing Iraq, and acknowledged that many Kurds desire independence.

Political career

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Preceded by
Deputy Prime Minister for National Security
June 2004 – May 2005
Succeeded by
Ahmed Chalabi
Ruz Nuri Shawis
Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri
Preceded by
Mahdi al-Hafez
Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation
May 2005 – May 2006
Succeeded by
Ali Baban
Preceded by
Ahmed Chalabi
Ruz Nuri Shawis
Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri
Deputy Prime Minister for National Security
May 2006 – 20 August 2009
Succeeded by


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Barham Ahmad Salih (born 1960) is a Kurdish politician who serves as Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.


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