Celebration of Jalal Talebani

Talabani was born in Kelkan village, the son of Hussamuddin, a Sunni shaykh of the Koy Sanjaq branch of the Talabani family. The Talabani lineage has produced many leading social figures including the poet Riza Talabani, his grandson, Abd al-Karim Qasim prime minister (1959–1963) and former National Democratic Party’s member Hasan Talabani and Mukarram Talabani, a prominent member of the Communist party.