Aras Habib Karim: A vision for the future
Aras Habib was fully immersed in political and militant work from a very young age. In his early youth, Habib chose the opposition as a way out of the former dictatorial regime in the hope of building a civil state in which all citizens would feel equal and where the power would be peacefully traded through the ballot boxes’ verdict. Acting upon his beliefs and liberal thinking, both of which shaped his vision of the future of Iraq, a future based on the creative energy of the youth, he chose to oppose the former regime through the prominent “Iraqi National Congress”. Founded by the late Dr. Ahmad Chlabi, the Iraqi National Congress had the most influential role in Iraq’s democratic evolution through a political process based on the peaceful transfer of power. For many years, during the opposition and even after the fall of the regime in 2003, and despite his family and political legacy, Aras Habib actively avoided the spotlight.
Because of his own vision of what the country should be like after the downturns it faced post 2003 and his involvement in the economic and banking sectors as a businessman, he declined several positions and executive responsibilities.
Habib’s father, Habib Karim, was one of the leading figures of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), “the third senior secretary of the KDP after Hamza Abdullah and Ibrahim Ahmed.”
From this environment, which combined struggle and politics under the difficult circumstances of the previous eras, especially during Saddam Hussein’s rule, Aras Habib embarked on his political journey.
After Chalabi’s sudden departure in 2015, Aras Habib was chosen as the leader of the National Congress. Despite the charisma that characterized Chalabi, Habib, by virtue of his political, financial and banking background, had little trouble filling the void his predecessor had left behind.
Aras Habib works quietly and confidently in the combined fields of politics, economics and security where he has established a proven successful track record. His advantage is knowing what he wants and pacing his moves as he isn’t seeking status but wants to concretize his thoughts and vision in the establishment of the state and national citizenship.
Habib assiduously fights sectarianism; he preaches moderation and encourages liberalism in the hopes of establishing the State of Institutions.