Children: Four daughters and a son
Education: Usul ad-Din College, Bachelor of Islamic Studies, 1973; Salahaddin University, Master of Arabic Literature, 1992
Religion: Shia Muslim
Prono: noo-ri al-maa-lick-her
Changed his name to Javad al-Maliki while in exile.
1968- Joins the Dawa party.
2003- Returns to Iraq from Syria.
2003-2004 – Member of the De-Baathification Commission, which is responsible for ridding former Ba’athists of the Iraqi military and government.
January 2005 – He is elected to the new parliament as a member of the Dawa party and heads the National Assembly’s security and defense committee.
April 22, 2006 – Selected by the Shia coalition United Iraqi Alliance to replace interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He has one month to form a government.
May 20, 2006 – A new Iraqi government is sworn in with 37 cabinet ministers and Maliki as prime minister.
July 26, 2006 – Speaks at a joint meeting of the US Congress on the war in Iraq.
October 27, 2006 – Meets with US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, telling him that he considers himself “a friend of the US, but [he’s] not America’s man in Iraq.”
January 2, 2007 – Claims in an interview with the Wall Street Journal: “I wish I could have done with this before the deadline… I didn’t want to take this position… I only accepted because I thought it would serve national interest, and I won’t accept it again.”
February 2009 – Maliki’s State of Law coalition wins a majority in 9 of the 14 provinces where elections were held.
June 10, 2012 – Maliki survives the threat of a no-confidence vote from parliament when President Talabani announces that the vote was not sufficiently supported. Maliki’s opponents accuse him of monopolizing power.
June 21, 2012 – Osama al-Nujaifi, Speaker of Parliament, announces that Maliki will be asked to appear before Parliament as part of ongoing efforts to overthrow him.
January 4, 2014 – Maliki vows to crack down on an insurgency in Anbar province, where the Sunni insurgency — al-Qaeda in Iraq — flourished after the 2003 US invasion. “There will be no retreat,” Maliki said in a speech published by Al-Arabiya.
April 30, 2014 – Maliki’s party wins 92 seats in the parliamentary elections, short of the 165 seats needed for a majority.
August 11, 2014 – President Fuad Masum appoints Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister, replacing the recalcitrant Maliki with a member of his own party, despite Maliki’s announcement earlier in the day that he intends to remain in office for a third term. Abadi, deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament and former aide to Maliki.