Mahmoud Othman

Mahmoud Ali Othman (born 1938) was a member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council created following the United States's 2003 invasion of Iraq. A Kurd and Sunni Muslim, Othman was a member of the Political Bureau Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He then founded the Kurdish Socialist Party. He was also the Chief Negotiator in the 1970 agreement with the Baath Party. He is now a leading member of the Iraqi National Assembly.

Mahmoud Othman
Member of the Council of Representatives
Assumed office
March 2005
Member of the National Assembly
In office
June 2004 – March 2005
Member of the Governing Council
In office
July 2003 – 28 June 2004
Personal details
Born1938 (age 81–82)
Sulaymaniyah, Kingdom of Iraq
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party
Kurdistan Democratic Party
(1962 - 1980)
Alma materUniversity of Baghdad
OccupationDoctor and politician

Othman was born in Sulaimaniyah. He became politically active at the age of 18. He completed a degree in Medicine at the University of Baghdad where he received first-class honours. He has five daughters and three sons.

He was also a key player in the Kurdish struggle for autonomy. Othman is now an independent politician best known for his press interviews. He was also a front runner in the 1992 election in the Kurdistan Region. He currently plays an advisory role towards Kurdish national issues, taking no active part in recent elections in 2009.


  • 1954 - Joined the Kurdish Struggle
  • 1962 - Became a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
  • 1968 - Became Mustafa Barzani's Deputy dealing with foreign affairs of the revolution.
  • 1970 - Chief Negotiator in the agreement of ceasefire between the Kurdish region and the Ba'th Party
  • 1980 - He founded the Kurdish Socialist Party with Rasool Mahmend, Adel Murad and Adnan Al Mufti
  • 1980 - Became Leader of the Kurdish Socialist Party
  • 1992 - Ran in the Kurdistan Regional Elections.
  • 1992 - Went into exile in the UK.
  • 1995 - First return from exile to the Kurdish region.
  • 2001 - Was top politician in peace talks between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union Of Kurdistan (PUK)
  • 2003 - Became member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council
  • 2004 - Became member of Iraqi National Assembly.
  • 2005 - Becomes head of the list of the Kurdistan Alliance in the forthcoming elections.
  • 2006 - Elected member of Iraqi National Assembly.
  • 2010 - Re-Elected member of Iraqi National Assembly for Al Sulaymaniyah Province
  • 2010 - Leading MP to form the Kurdish coalition for Baghdad which consists of (Kurdistani List, Change List, Services & Reform List, Islamic Parties)


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