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Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Ayad al-Samarrai

Ayad al-Samarrai is the chairman of the Iraqi Accord Front parliamentary group and the secretary-general of the Iraqi Islamic Party.

He was elected as the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament April 19, 2009, succeeding Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani.

Samarrai was born in 1946 in al-Adhamiya, Baghdad.

In 1970 he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Baghdad.

He lived in exile in Leeds, United Kingdom and was elected secretary-general of the Iraqi Islamic Party in 1995.

Prior to the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Samarrai was appointed to the American-backed opposition Follow-Up and Arrangement Committee.

In September 2006 he was appointed as a member and Second Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Review Committee to consider amendments to the constitution of Iraq.

In July 2007 he was elected head of the Iraqi Accordance Front parliamentary group, replacing Adnan al-Dulaimi.

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