Mohsen Abdel Hamid

Mohsen Abdel Hamid
محسن عبد الحميد
President of the Governing Council of Iraq
In office
1 February 2004  29 February 2004
Preceded by Adnan Pachachi
Succeeded by Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
Personal details
Born 1937 (age 8081)
Kirkuk, Iraq
Political party Iraqi Islamic Party
Profession Lawyer

Mohsen Abdel Hamid (born 1937 Arabic: محسن عبد الحميد) is an Iraqi politician and Islamic scholar who was a member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council (president, February 2004), created following the United States's 2003 invasion of Iraq. He served as the President of the Governing Council of Iraq (42nd Prime Minister of Iraq).


Abdel Hamid was born in 1937 in Kirkuk and is of Kurdish background.[1] He studied Islamic Law in Cairo and returned to Iraq in 1986 to work as a professor at Baghdad University. Abdel Hamid has written over 30 books on interpretation of the Qur'an. He was arrested in 1996 by the government of Saddam Hussein but opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Until 2004 he was the secretary general of the Iraqi Islamic Party, the largest Sunni party in Iraq, and as a result was appointed to the Iraqi Governing Council.

On May 30, 2005, Abdel Hamid was mistakenly arrested by U.S. troops.[2]

Personal website


  1. Biography Archived 2006-06-23 at the Wayback Machine., Niqash, 2005-11-07, accessed 2007-01-28
  2. ABC News: ABC News
Political offices
Preceded by
Adnan Pachachi
President of the Governing Council of Iraq
Succeeded by
Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
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