Iraqi Arab nationalist politician. Born in Baghdad, educated at Baghdad University and King's College, London. Served as dean of the law school of the University of Baghdad, Iraqi ambassador to London, and secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Selected by Iraqi leader Abd al-Salam Arif in September 1964 to serve as deputy prime minister and minister of oil and foreign affairs. Served as prime minister for several months in 1966. Was a candidate for the presidency of the republic after the death of Abd al-Salam in 1966 but was defeated by the latter's brother, Abd al-Rahman.