Fadil Berxwedan

Fadil Berxwedan
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6th President of Iotopha
Assumed office
12 February 2010
  • Sîmal Heliz
  • Reşo Gulasor
  • Siyabend Öcalan
Preceded byBeyar Sazan
10th Premier of Iotopha
In office
20 April 2009 – 12 February 2010
PresidentBeyar Sazan
Preceded byReşo Gulasor
Succeeded bySîmal Heliz
General Secretary of the Revolutionary Workers' Party
Assumed office
14 June 2006
DeputySiyabend Öcalan
Preceded bySîmal Heliz
Chief Secretary to the President
In office
7 September 1998 – 16 April 2001
PresidentZozan Talabani
Preceded byFadil Hariri
Succeeded byLokman Polat
Personal details
Fadil Darayavahush Berxwedan

(1959-02-22) 22 February 1959 (age 60)
Cizîr‎, Iotophan SR, Iotopha
Political partyRevolutionary Workers' Party
Other political
Unity (2001–2004)
Revolutionary Workers' Party (before 1992)
Delal Azmoun
(m. 1988; div. 2011)

Berfîn Alîkar (m. 2001)
Alma materState University of Afar
Military service
Allegiance Iotopha
Service/branch Iotophan Army
Years of service1983 – 1990

Fadil Berxwedan (born 22 February 1959) is an Iotophan statesman and former military officer serving as President of Iotopha since 2010. He was Premier of Iotopha from 2009 until 2010. During his term as Premier, he oversaw the impeachment and conviction of President Beyar Sazan, before eventually becoming President. He is a member of the Revolutionary Workers' Party, and has served as General Secretary since 2006.

Berxwedan was born in Cizîr‎ in the Iotophan SR. He studied law at the State University of Afar, graduating in 1982. He joined the military in 1983, and served as an officer in the Iotophan Army until 1991, earning the rank of Lieutenant. From 1985 until the end of his active service, he was a member of the {special forces}. In 1991, he entered politics and worked as an aide to Premier Fadil Nematollah, and later to President Zozan Talabani, under whom he served as Chief Secretary. He rose to national prominence when he assisted {police org} in apprehending President Talabani after he refused to step down following a loss in the 2001 presidential election. Berxwedan ran for president in the 2007 election, where he was defeated by Beyar Sazan. At the 2009 special election, his party earned a majority of the Assembly and Berxwedan was appointed Premier.

He became President in 2010, and served over half of Sazan's term. In 2013, he was elected to his first term as President, defeating Cem Pashew by a 50% to 30% margin. Due to serving over half of Sazan's term, he is constitutionally limited from standing in the 2019 election, which prohibits more than two sequential terms. However, in summer 2018, legislation was introduced to amend the constitution to remove presidential term limits.

Early life



Political beginnings

First premiership

President of Iotopha