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Iraq

Iraq Government Stats

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Jalal Talabani - a veteran leader of Iraq's minority Kurds - became Iraq's first elected president in more than 50 years in 2005.

He was selected for a second term in 2006, and in November 2010 he was picked for another term by members of parliament under a power-sharing deal which followed months of negotiations after inconclusive parliamentary elections in March.

His health went into sharp decline in the following two years, and he suffered a stroke in December 2012. He has been undergoing treatment in Germany since then, and is making progress.

He became a key player in Iraqi national politics following the toppling of Saddam Hussein in the 2003 US-led invasion, with the Kurds forming a powerful voting bloc in the national parliament.

Talabani, who is seen as being close to both the United States and Iran, won praise at the height of Iraq's sectarian war for building bridges between the country's divided factions.

Born in 1933, Mr Talabani rose to a senior position in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), but split from it in 1974 and helped to form the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK the following year. The KDP and PUK have alternatively been bitter rivals and allies, currently administering the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.

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  • Administrative divisions: This entry generally gives the numbers, designatory terms, and first-order administrative divisions as approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN). Changes that have been reported but not yet acted on by BGN are noted.
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  • Suffrage: The age at enfranchisement and whether the right to vote is universal or restricted
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Administrative divisions 18 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah (Arabic); parezgakan, singular - parezga (Kurdish)) and 1 region*; Al Anbar; Al Basrah; Al Muthanna; Al Qadisiyah (Ad Diwaniyah); An Najaf; Arbil (Erbil) (Arabic), Hewler (Kurdish); As Sulaymaniyah (Arabic), Slemani (Kurdish); Babil; Baghdad; Dahuk (Arabic), Dihok (Kurdish); Dhi Qar; Diyala; Karbala'; Kirkuk; Kurdistan Regional Government*; Maysan; Ninawa; Salah ad Din; Wasit 2013
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 33 2011
Capital city > Name Baghdad 2011
Constitution several previous; latest adopted by referendum 15 October 2005 2013
Diplomatic representation from the US > Mailing address APO AE 09316 2013
Executive branch > Cabinet The Council of Ministers consists of the prime minister and cabinet ministers the prime minister proposes; approved by an absolute majority vote by the Council of Representatives 2013
Executive branch > Head of government Prime Minister Nuri al-MALIKI (since 20 May 2006) 2013
Government type parliamentary democracy 2013
International organization participation ABEDA, AFESD, AMF, CAEU, CICA, EITI (candidate country), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer) 2013
Judicial branch the Iraq Constitution calls for the federal judicial power to be comprised of the Higher Judicial Council, Federal Supreme Court, Federal Court of Cassation, Public Prosecution Department, Judiciary Oversight Commission and other federal courts that are regulated in accordance with the law 2012
Legal system mixed legal system of civil and Islamic law 2013
Legislative branch unicameral Council of Representatives (325 seats consisting of 317 members elected by an optional open-list, proportional representation system and 8 seats reserved for minorities; members serve four-year terms); note - Iraq's Constitution calls for the establishment of an upper house, the Federation Council 2011
Political parties and leaders Badr Organization [Hadi al-AMIRI]
Da'wa Party (Islamic) [Prime Minister Nuri al-MALIKI]
Da'wa Tanzim [Hashim al-MUSAWI branch]
Da-wa Tanzim [Abd al-Karim al-ANZI branch]
Fadilah Party [Hasan al-SHAMMARI and Ammar TUAMA]
Goran (Change) List (also known as the Movement for Change) [Nushirwan MUSTAFA]
Iraqi Covenant Gathering [Ahmad Abd al-Ghafur al-SAMARRAI]
Iraqi Constitutional Party [Jawad al-BULANI]
Iraqi Front for National Dialogue [Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-MUTLAQ]
Iraqi Islamic Party or IIP [Usama al-TIKRITI]
Iraqi Justice and Reform Movement [Shaykh Abdallah al-YAWR]
Iraqi National Accord or INA [Ayad ALLAWI]
Iraqi National Alliance [Ibrahim al-JAFARI]
Iraqi National Congress or INC [Ahmad CHALABI]
Iraqi National Movement (see Iraqi National Accord)
Iraqi Unity Alliance [Nauaf Saud ZAID]
Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq or ISCI [Ammar al-HAKIM]
Kurdistan Alliance
Kurdistan Democratic Party or KDP [Kurdistan Regional Government President Masud BARZANI]
Kurdistan Islamic Group (also called Islamic Group of Kurdistan) [Ali BAPIR]
Kurdistan Islamic Union [ Mohammed FARAI]
Future National Gathering [Finance Minister Rafi al-ISSAWI]
National Iraqiyun Gathering [Usama al-NUJAYFI]
National Movement for Reform and Development [Jamal al-KARBULI]
National Reform Trend (part of the National Iraqi Alliance) [former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-JAFARI]
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or PUK [President Jalal TALABANI]
Renewal List [Vice President Tariq al-HASHIMI]
Sadrist Trend [Muqtada al-SADR]
Sahawa al-Iraq [Ahmad al-RISHAWI]
State of Law Coalition [Nouri al-MALIKI]
Tawafuq Front (also known as the Iraqi Accord Front)
2013
Political pressure groups and leaders Sunni militias
Shia militias, some associated with political parties
2013
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011

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