Jalal Talabani facts for kids
|6th President of Iraq|
7 April 2005 – 24 July 2014
|Prime Minister||Ibrahim al-Jaafari
|Vice President||Adil Abdul-Mahdi
Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer
|Preceded by||Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer|
|Succeeded by||Fuad Masum|
|Leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan|
1 April 1975 – 3 October 2017
|Preceded by||Office Created|
|President of the Governing Council of Iraq|
1 November 2003 – 30 November 2003
|Preceded by||Ayad Allawi|
|Succeeded by||Abdul Aziz al-Hakim|
12 November 1933|
|Died||3 October 2017
|Political party||Patriotic Union of Kurdistan|
|Spouse(s)||Hero Ibrahim Ahmed|
|Alma mater||University of Baghdad|
Jalal Talabani (12 November 1933 – 3 October 2017) was a leading Kurdish politician. He served as President of Iraq from 2005 to 2014. He was the first non-Arab president of Iraq, although Abdul Karim Qasim was of partial Kurdish heritage.
Talabani was the founder and secretary general of one of the main Kurdish political parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). He was a prominent member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council, which was established following the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime by the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani has been an advocate for Kurdish rights and democracy in Iraq for more than 50 years.
Talabani was born on 12 November 1933 in Kelkan, Iraq. He studied at the University of Baghdad. He is married to Hero Ibrahim Ahmed. They have one son, Qubad.
On 18 December 2012 Talabani suffered a stroke and was in intensive care in Baghdad where his condition eventually stabilized after reports that he was in a coma. A statement on the President's official website said that he was being treated for blocked arteries. On 20 December, Talabani's condition has improved enough to allow travel to Germany for treatment.
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