Iraq Diplomatic Passport 1976 – Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr Presidency

Following the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party’s ouster from government in 1963, al-Bakr and the party pursued underground activities and became vocal critics of the government. It was during this period that al-Bakr was elected the Ba’ath Party’s Iraqi branch’s Secretary General (the head), and appointed his cousin, Saddam Hussein, to be the party cell’s deputy leader. Al-Bakr and the Ba’ath Party regained power in the coup of 1968, later referred to as the 17 July Revolution. In the coup’s aftermath, al-Bakr was elected Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council and President; he was later appointed Prime Minister. Saddam, the Ba’ath Party’s deputy, became Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council and Vice President, and was responsible for Iraq’s security services.

During his rule, Iraq was blossoming; high economic growth due to high international oil prices strengthened Iraq’s role in the Arab world and increased the people’s standard of living. Land reforms were introduced, and wealth was distributed more equally. A sort of socialist economy was established in the late-1970s, under the direction of Saddam. Al-Bakr gradually lost power to Saddam in the 1970s, when the latter strengthened his position within the party and the state through security services. In 1979, al-Bakr resigned from all public offices for “health reasons” and died in 1982.

The Passport

  • Hardcover (with 4 punched holes to make the document obsolete in 1982)
  • 48 pages total, 30 with visas and revenues (see pictures)
  • Issued to a family of three (mother and two kids)
  • Passport No# D/002926
  • excellent condition
  • RARE!