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Prime Minister of Iraq
Coat of arms (emblem) of Iraq 2008.svg
Official emblem
Nouri al-Maliki

since May 20, 2006
Style His Excellency
Appointer Chosen by Presidency Council; if failed, chosen byNational Assembly with two-thirds majority
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Abdul Karim Qassim
Formation July 14, 1958

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The Prime Minister of Iraq is Iraq's head of government. Prime Minister was originally an appointed office, subsidiary to the head of state, and the nominal leader of the Iraqi parliament. Under the newly adopted constitution the Prime Minister is to be the country's active executive authority. Nouri al-Maliki (formerly Jawad al-Maliki) was selected to be Prime Minister on 21 April 2006.[1][2]



Under the Iraqi Transitional Government, the Members of the Iraqi National Assembly choose the Presidency Council, including the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers.

The Presidency Council then shall name a Prime Minister unanimously. According to this, the Presidency Council must agree on a candidate for the post within two weeks. In the event that it fails to do so, the responsibility of naming the Prime Minister reverts to the National Assembly. In that event, the National Assembly must confirm the nomination by a two-thirds majority. If the Prime Minister is unable to nominate his Council of Ministers within one month, the Presidency Council shall name another Prime Minister..

Agencies directly subordinate

The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau reports to the Prime Minister directly. The Iraqi CTB oversees the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Command, a formation that includes all Iraqi Special Operations Forces. As of 30 June 2009, there had been legislation in progress for a year to make the Iraqi CTB a separate ministry.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Iraq parliament elects new leaders CNN, 22 April 2006
  2. ^ Maliki endorsed as new Iraqi PM BBC News, 22 April 2006
  3. ^ Montrose Toast, Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau, 30 June 2009


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