Iraqi Governing Council

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An advisory body created by the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, the Iraqi Governing Council advised the CPA and other stakeholders, such as UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, on governance questions, de-Ba'athification, and forming the Interim Iraqi Government. [1] It was formed in July 2003, and had 25 members:

  • 13 Shia
  • 5 Sunni Arabs
  • 5 Sunni Kurds
  • 1 Sunni Turkoman
  • 1 Assyrian Christian

In actuality the IGC announced itself on 13 July 2003, to suggest it was an all-Iraqi process, and took the Iraqi seat at the UN without ever being recognized as the Government of Iraq. [2] The transition to a sovereign Iraqi Government would take another 11 months, when the Interim Iraqi Government (IIG) assumed political authority from the CPA. While the IIG would be sovereign, there still would be a major and dominant US troop presence that would not withdraw fully from the cities until 2009.

Name Religion/Ethnicity (exile) Affiliation
Sayyed Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum Shi'a
Ahmed Chalabi Shi'a Iraqi National Congress
Ayad Alawi Shi'a Iraqi National Accord (INA)
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Shi'a Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)
Ibrahim al-Jaafari Shi'a Islamic Dawa Party
Mowaffak al-Rubaie Shi'a former Da’wa
Wael Abdul Latif Shi'a a judge in Basra since 1982 who was named interim governor of the city in June 2003
Hamid Majeed Mousa Shi'a Iraqi Communist Party
Shiekh Ahmad Shyaa al-Barak " Al-Bu Sultan Tribe
Raja Habib Khuzai a female doctor who heads a maternity hospital in the southern city of Diwaniyah.
Ezzidin Salim also known as Abdul Zahra Othman Muhammad Dawa from Basra (assassinated May 17)
Abdul Karim al-Muhammadawi Iraqi Party of God
Salama al-Khufaji a female professor of dentistry at Baghdad University from Karbala
Adnan Pachachi Sunni Independent Democratic Movement
Samir Shakir Mahmoud al-Sumaidy Sunni Sumaidy clan
Ghazi al-Yawar Sunni nephew of Sheikh Mohsen Adil al-Yawar, head of the powerful Shamar tribe
Naseer Kamel Chaderchi Sunni National Democratic Party of Iraq (NDP)
Moshen Abdul Hameed Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party
Massoud Barzani Kurd Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
Jalal Talabani Kurd Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
Salahaddin Mohammed Bahaddin Sunni Kurd Kurdistan Islamic Union
Dara Nor al-Din Kurd from Kirkuk
Mahmoud Othman Kurd Kurdish Socialist Party
Songul Chapouk Turkmen from Mosul Iraqi Women’s Organization
Yonadem Kannae Christian Assyrian Democratic Movement (also represents Chaldeans)


  1. Sharon Otterman (17 May 2004), IRAQ: Iraq's Governing Council, Council on Foreign Relations
  2. Ali Allawi (2007), The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300110159, pp. 166-167