Nouri al-Maliki Fast Facts – CNN

Wedding: Married

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

Other facts

Prono: noo-ri al-maa-lick-her

Changed his name to Javad al-Maliki while in exile.

Negotiated with the Sunnis and Kurds help compose Iraq constitution.
Formerly an advisor to the former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
Led activists in Iraq during his exile in Syria as well as Iran.


1968- Joins the Dawa party.

1979-1980 – When he’s sentenced to death for standing up Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party, Maliki flees Iraq and takes refuge in Iran and later in Syria.

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.”

March 3-5, 2008 – Meets with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Baghdad.

February 2009 – Maliki’s State of Law coalition wins a majority in 9 of the 14 provinces where elections were held.

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 Iraqi coalition, led by the former acting Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
March 26, 2010 – AT parliamentary elections in iraqThe Alavi Iraqi coalition pushes the Maliki coalition from 91st to 89th.
November 25, 2010 – Maliki is named after second term on Iraqi President Jalal Talabani at the televised ceremony.
December 12, 2011 – Meets with US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss shift in US-Iraq relations with the end of the war in Iraq.

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.

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