Salih Jabr

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Salih Jabr
Salih in 1948
Prime Minister of Iraq
In office
29 March 1947 – 27 January 1948
MonarchFaisal II
RegentPrince Abdullah
Preceded byNuri al-Said
Succeeded byMohammad Hassan al-Sadr
Personal details
Born1896 (1896)
Died1957 (aged 60–61)
Political partySocialist Nation

Sayyid Salih Jabr (Arabic: سيد صالح جبر‎; 1896–1957) was an Iraqi statesman who served as the prime minister of Iraq from March 1947 to January 1948.[1] He was the first Shi'ite to become prime minister.[2]

In the 1930s and 1940s, Salih attended the office of minister of justice, education, foreign affairs, interior, and finance.[3] He was not accepted by young liberal and nationalist politicians who had been roughly handled when he was wartime minister of interior. During his time in office, the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty (1948), a revision of the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1930, was prepared and signed without consultation of other Iraqi leaders. His government fell after the bloody suppression of the anti-British Al-Wathbah uprising; Salih had to repudiate the treaty and fled to England on 26 January 1948.

His son Sa'ad Salih launched the first Iraqi opposition newspaper Al Tayar from his exile in London in 1984 until the invasion in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ "Countries I". Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  2. ^ Kedourie, Elie (April 1988). "Anti‐Shiism in Iraq under the Monarchy". Middle Eastern Studies. 24 (2): 249–253. doi:10.1080/00263208808700740. ISSN 0026-3206.
  3. ^ Dougherty, Beth K.; Edmund A. Ghareeb (2013). Historical Dictionary of Iraq. Scarscrow Press. pp. 687–694.
  4. ^ Suri, Sanjay (16 January 2004). "IRAQ: Another Son Rises in the West". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 28 March 2021.

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