Who is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi?
- Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was born in Baghdad in 1967
- He gained faim for his work as a journalist and was a vocal protestant of Saddam Hussein
- He assumed offfice as the Prime Minister of Iraq in April 2020
Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Iraqi Prime Minister survived an alleged assassination attempt. His residence was targeted by a drone which was laden with explosives but the PM managed to escape unhurt and called for ‘calm and restraint’ in a tweet following the incidence.
The 53-year-old took birth in Baghdad in 1967 and shifted to Nasiriyah during his time as a student. He attended the Al-Turath University as a law student and was the brain behind the reform of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS) to be on par with that of other nations.
Mustafa had to leave Irag in 1985 to Iran following which he moved to Germany and the United Kingdom, becoming a citizen of the latter. He was a vocal protestant of the rule of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi dictator.
Kadhimi’s work as a journalist gained massive recognition as he served as the executive director of the Iraq Memory Foundation, an organisation that worked to dig into and document all the crimes committed under Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror.
Later, he worked as the editor in chief of Iraq’s Newsweek magazine for a period of approximately three years between 2010 and 2013. On top of that he worked as an opinions writer and the editor of Iraq’s section of the website Al-Monitor based in the United States.
Kadhimi’s battle with the ISIL (also known as ISIS) began in 2016 when he took over as the director of the Iraqi National Service. With his diplomacy skills he formed connections with several countries and even cooperated with an international coalition in the fight against the militant Islamist group.
Following the resignation of former Prime Minister Abel Abdul Mahdi in 209, Mustafa became the leading contender for the position. In April 2020, he assumed office after being named as the Prime Minister designate by President Barham Salih.