As of 2014, the president of Iraq is Jalal Talabani, who has held this position since 2005. As of May 2014, he has been undergoing treatment in Germany after suffering a stroke in December 2012.
Talabani is the sixth president in the country's history and the first non-Arab to hold the position. He was elected in April 2005, according to the BBC. Before becoming president, Talabani founded the Kurdish political party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and was a member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. He has been a prominent campaigner for Kurdish rights in Iraq since the 1960s.