President Speech


Barham Ahmed Salih Qasim
The 9th President of the Republic of Iraq

Dr. Barham Ahmed Salih Qassim is the ninth President of the Republic of Iraq. The Iraqi Parliament elected him as the President of Iraq on October 2, 2018 with an overwhelming majority.
President Salih has assumed several high-ranking positions in the Iraqi federal government. He served as the Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs, and the head of the economic committee from 2005 – 2009. In 2005, he served as the Minister of Planning in the Iraqi transitional government, and in 2004 as Deputy Prime Minister in Iraq’s interim government. 
H.E. Dr. Salih was tasked by the Kurdish leadership to head the Kurdistani electoral slate, was designated to form the sixth Kurdish government and, served as the Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdish Region from 2009 – 2011. He was also the Prime Minister of the Kurdish Regional Government in Sulaymaniyah from 2001 – 2004.
The President was born on September 8, 1960. He earned his Doctor of Engineering in Statistics and Computer Applications from the University of Liverpool in 1987, and his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Construction from the University of Cardiff in 1983. 
President Salih is fluent in Arabic, Kurdish, and English languages.
He is interested in the cultural and academic fields. He founded the American University of Iraq – Sulaymaniyah. He is an ardent supporter of civil society and, non-governmental organizations.     
Dr. Salih was active in the opposition to Saddam’s dictatorial regime. He was arrested by the Special Investigative Committee in 1979 in Kirkuk.  Later, he was arrested again at the Military Intelligence HQ in Sulaymaniyah. 
The President is married to Dr. Sarbagh Salih. The First Lady is a botanist and women’s rights activist. Together they have a son and a daughter.