Abdul Rahman Arif
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He was a career soldier, and supported the military coup that brought his brother, Abdul Salam Arif to power in 1963. His brother appointed him head of the army following the coup, and when the younger Arif died in a helicopter crash, Abdul Rahman al-Bazzaz became acting president; but three days later the military decided that Abdul Salam should be succeeded by his older brother instead.
Following the death of his brother, Arif was appointed president(military dictator) by the Revolutionary Command Council. He continued his brother's politics, but with a more nationalistic profile.
He returned to Iraq in 1979, when Saddam Hussein came to power, and has since largely stayed out of the public and political spotlight. He was allowed to leave the country once to undertake the Hajj. Along with Saddam and Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, he is one of three living former Presidents.
Abd ar-Rahman al-Bazzaz
|President of Iraq|
April 16, 1966 – July 17, 1968
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
|Prime Minister of Iraq|