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Nuri al-Maliki Fast Facts – CNN

Marriage: married

Children: four daughters and a son

Education: Usul al-Din College, BA, Islamic Studies, 1973; Salahaddin University, MA, Arabic Literature, 1992

Religion: Shia Muslim

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Prono: NOO-ree al-MAA-lick-ee

He changed his name to Jawad al-Maliki while in exile.

He met with Sunnis and Kurds to help draft the Iraqi constitution.
He was previously an adviser to former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
He led activists in Iraq during his exile in Syria and Iran.


1968 – He joined the Dawa Party.

1979-1980 – Maliki, who was sentenced to death for opposing Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party, fled Iraq and took refuge in Iran and then Syria.

2003 – He returned from Syria to Iraq.

2003-2004 – Member of the Baathist Emancipation Commission, which works to save ex-Baathists from the Iraqi army and government.

January 2005 – He is elected to the new parliament as a member of the Dawa Party and serves as chairman of the National Assembly Security and Defense Committee.

April 22, 2006 – He was chosen by the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance to replace Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He has one month to form the government.

May 20, 2006 – In Iraq, 37 cabinet members and the new government with Maliki as prime minister were sworn in.

July 26, 2006 – He is addressing the joint meeting of the US Congress on the war in Iraq.

October 27, 2006 – He met with US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and told him that he “sees himself as a friend of the US”. [he’s] Not America’s man in Iraq.”

January 2, 2007 – In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said, “I wish I could finish this job even before his term ends.. I didn’t want to take this position… it’s in the national interest and I won’t accept it again.”

3-5 March 2008 – He met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Baghdad.

February 2009 – Maliki’s State of Law coalition won a majority in 9 of the 14 provinces leading to the election.

March 7, 2010 – Parliamentary elections for Iraq’s second full-term legislature. The main rival of the State of Law coalition, which includes Maliki’s Dawa Party, is the Iraqiya coalition headed by former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allavi.
March 26, 2010 – In the Iraqi parliamentary elections, Allawi’s Iraqiya coalition increased Maliki’s coalition to 89 with 91 seats.
25 November 2010 – Maliki was elected to a second term in a televised ceremony by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
December 12, 2011 – With the end of the Iraq war, he met with US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the change in US-Iraqi relations.

June 10, 2012 – Maliki survived the parliamentary threat of a no-confidence vote, which President Talabani declared lacked sufficient support for the vote. Maliki’s opponents accuse him of monopolizing power.

21 June 2012 – The head of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, announced that Maliki would be asked to appear before parliament in an ongoing effort to overthrow him.

January 4, 2014 – Maliki pledged to crush the uprising in Anbar province, where Sunni insurgency – al-Qaeda in Iraq – flourished after the US-led invasion in 2003. “There will be no retreat,” Maliki said in a speech by Al-Arabiya.

April 30, 2014 – Maliki’s party won 92 seats, below the 165 required for a majority in the parliamentary elections.

11 August 2014 – President Fuad Masum appointed Haider al-Abadi as Iraqi prime minister, replacing an opposition Maliki with a member of his own party, despite Maliki’s announcement earlier in the day that he plans to stay in office for a third term. Abadi is the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and a former deputy of Maliki.

14 August 2014 – In a televised speech, Maliki withdraws his candidacy for a third term and supports Abadi.
September 8, 2014 – Maliki is asked to serve as one of the country’s three vice presidents in the newly formed government.

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