Here’s a look at the life of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, former prime minister of Iraq.
Birth date: 1947
Birth place: Karbala, Iraq
Marriage: Married, name unavailable publicly
Education: Mosul University, M.D., 1974
Religion: Shiite Muslim
1968 - Joins the Islamic Dawa Party. Al Dawa (formally the Hizb al-Dawa al-Islamiyya or the Islamic Call Party), is a Shia Islamist party with close connections with Iran’s clerical regime.
1980 - Flees Iraq for Iran in order to escape Saddam Hussein’s crack-down on members of the Dawa Party.
1990-2003 - Leader of the London branch of the Dawa Party.
2003 - Returns to Iraq following the fall of Hussein.
August 2003 - Becomes a member of the Iraqi Governing Council and serves as the Council’s first rotating chairman.
2004-2005 - One of two vice presidents in Iraq’s interim government.
May 3, 2005 - Sworn in as Iraq’s interim prime minister.
April 20, 2006 - Under pressure from the United States, al-Jaafari steps down and agrees to withdraw his nomination for a second term.
May 2006 - Is replaced as prime minister by Nuri al-Maliki.
June 2008 - Is expelled from the Dawa Party after forming a new political party, the National Reform Movement.
August 2009 - Shiite political leaders announce the formation of the Iraqi National Alliance. Al-Jaafari is a member of the coalition.
September 2014 - Becomes foreign minister of Iraq.
October 25, 2018 - Steps down as foreign minister.