Iraqi Transitional Government

The Iraqi Transitional Government was the government of Iraq from May 3, 2005, when it replaced the Iraqi Interim Government, until May 20, 2006, when it was replaced by the first permanent government.

On April 28 it was approved by the transitional Iraqi National Assembly, which had been elected in January 2005. It operated under the Law of Administration for the State of Iraq for the Transitional Period, and its main functions were to draft a permanent Constitution of Iraq and to form a transitional government.



Although the President is the chief of military and head of state, the Prime Minister is the head of government who exercises most executive powers. The President and both deputies (collective the Presidency Council of Iraq) are elected by the Assembly with a two-thirds majority. They then propose the Prime Minister from the largest party, who must also be approved with a two-thirds majority; the Prime Minister then proposes the Council of Ministers, who must be approved with a two-thirds majority.

The current Council of Ministers was sworn in on May 3 but several key posts were left vacant. Six new ministers were approved to fill vacant positions on 8 May, one of whom rejected his position saying he had not been consulted.

President Jalal Talabani
Vice Presidents Adil Abdul Mahdi
Ghazi al-Yawer
Prime Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari
Deputy Prime Ministers Ahmed Chalabi
Ruz Nuri Shawis
Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri
Interior Minister Bayan Baqir Solagh
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
Defence Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi
Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum
Electricity Minister Mohsen Shlash
Minister of Planning and Development Co-operation Barham Salih
Higher Education Minister Sami al-Mudhaffar
Minister of Municipalities and Public Works Nisrin Barwari
Telecommunications Minister Juwan Fouad Masum
Finance Minister Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi
Minister of Water Resources Abdul-Latif Rashid
Minister of Environment Narmin Othman
Trade Minister Abdel-Karim Mahoud al-Mohammedawi
Transport Minister Salam al-Maliki
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Idris Hadi
Human Rights MinisterNarmin Othman (acting)
Hashim al-Shible rejected the post after he had been approved by parliament
Health Minister Abdel Muttalib Mohammed Ali
Minister of Construction and Housing Jasim Mohammed Jaafar
Education Minister Abdel Falah Hassan
Agriculture Minister Ali al-Bahadili
Justice Minister Abdel Hussein Shandal
Culture Minister Nuri Farhan al-Rawi
Minister of Science and Technology Basimah Yusuf Butrus
Minister of Displacement and Migration Suhaylah Abd-Jaafar
Minister of Youth and Sports Talib Aziz Zayni
Minister of Industry Usama al-Najafi
Minister of State for National Security Affairs Abdul Karim al-Anizi
Minister of State for Governorate Affairs Saad Nayif Mujhim al-Hardan
Minister of State for Civil Society Affairs Ala Habib Kazim
Minister of State for Women's Affairs Azhar Abdel Karim al-Shaikhli
Minister of State for Tourism and Antiquities Hashim al-Hashimi
Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Safa al-Din Mohammed al-Safi



  • Higher Judicial Council
    • Federal Supreme Court
      • Court of Cassation
      • Courts of Appeal
      • Central Criminal Court


Preceded by
Iraqi Interim Government
Government of Iraq
May 3, 2005 - May 20, 2006
Succeeded by
Al Maliki I Government