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Kosrat rasul

Vise President of Iraqi Kurdistan
Assumed office 
June 14, 2005
President Massoud Barzani

In office
26 April 1993 – 21 January 2001
President Jalal Talebani

Political party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
Religion Sunni Islam

Abdulla Rasul Ali (Kosrat Rasul Ali) is a Kurdish Iraqi politician and prominent member of Iraqi President Jalal Talebani's party: the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). He served as Prime Minister for the PUK's as-Sulaymaniyah-based administration of Kurdistan from 1993 until 2001, when he was succeeded by Bahram Salih. Since the Kurdish reunification in 2005 he has served as Vice President to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani.

Time Line

  • Born 1952 in the oilrich village of Shiwashok near the city of Koya to a well-known family
  • In 1975 becomes a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and partakes in the Aylul

(September) Revolution, which was a Kurdish movement led By Mullah Mustafa Barzani

  • In the end of 1975 joins the Komala Party and supervises student activities
  • In 1976, along with a number of his colleagues, he founded Kurdistan Students Group in Kirkuk
  • In 1977, was arrested by the security agencies of the Ba'ath Party in Kirkuk for political activities; gets released in the same year as he confesses nothing
  • After getting out of jail, he joins the Peshmarga fighters in the mountains. He took out 180,000 Iraqi Dinars from the agriculture market center in Erbil to give to the Peshmarga revolutionaries. It was a noticeable financial support for Peshmarga at the time.
  • In 1981 becomes a politburo member of Komala and director of secret branches
  • In 1984 becomes chief of the Fourth Center of PUK
  • In 1985 gets injured in a battle; a year later, leads both the Fourth as well as the Third enters of PUK after they are merged. Remains in this post till 1988
  • In 1991 participates in Kurdistan's March Uprisings and was one of the most prominent commanders of liberating Erbil and Kirkuk cities
  • In 1992 elected as Member of Kurdistan Parliament
  • In 1993 selected as the second prime minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
  • He plays a commanding role in the civil war in Kurdistan from 1996 till 1998
  • In 1996 becomes KRG Prime Minister of the Suleimaniya administration
  • In 2001 resigns from that post and becomes Executive Director of PUK politburo
  • Becomes the PUK candidate to hold the position of Vise President of Kurdistan and does so in 2005 after the elections.
Political offices
Preceded by
Fuad Masum
Prime Minister of PUK-controlled Kurdistan
Succeeded by
Barham Ahmad Salih
Preceded by
Vice President of Iraqi Kurdistan
Succeeded by


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