Who Is Iraq’s ‘Person of the Year’ For 2015?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Which Iraqi had the most impact on their nation over the past 12 months? NIQASH editors and correspondents picked a few candidates – some obvious, some interesting – and invite readers to do the same.

Who was the most influential person in Iraq in 2015, the individual who had the most impact on the country? NIQASH editors and correspondents came together to discuss who might have been Iraq’s Person of the Year for 2015.

And there were several obvious picks. For example, senior Shiite Muslim cleric, Ali al-Sistani, who had an unusually strong influence on Iraqi politics and security in 2015. And then in the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, there’s obviously Massoud Barzani, still the acting President there, whose insistence on keeping his current job has all but stalled the Kurds’ nascent democratic process.

If you were contemplating negative impacts, there’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the extremist group known as the Islamic State; the group caused a security crisis in Iraq, starting mid-2014, that’s resulted in huge security upheavals in practice, and a deepening of existing social rifts in theory.

Also interesting is that, despite his best efforts, none of the website’s Iraqi editors or journalists picked the country’s current Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. Perhaps because he has been forced to negotiate a delicate road around and between all the more virulent forces in the country, which has effectively neutralised him.

Following below are NIQASH’s picks for Iraqi Person of the Year 2015. Not everyone will agree with all of them – or possibly, any of them – and many readers in Iraq will doubtless be divided according to their own allegiances. NIQASH welcomes readers’ opinions on this subject; have your say on our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Maysoon al-Damluji

An MP for the Iraqiya bloc as well as the head of Iraq’s Parliamentary Committee on Media and Culture. As the head of this committee, al-Damluji has strongly supported civil society organisations and given them a role in formulating amendments to laws that her parliamentary committee supervises. In formulating these laws, she organised a lot of meetings with civil society organisations and took into account their suggestions before the laws were read in Parliament.

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