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Sadr welcomes Return of Iraqi Jews

By Saad Salloum for Al Monitor. Any opinions here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  In a bold move, Iraq’s Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr spoke in favor of the return of the Jews who were evicted from the country half a century ago. Sadr responded […]

Sadr, Amiri announce Political Alliance

By John Lee. Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri have reportedly announced an alliance between their political blocs. The groups who won first and second places respectively in last month’s parliamentary election. While Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance is opposed to Iranian involvement in Iraq, Amiri’s Fatah (Conquest) Coalition is head of an Iranian-backed militia. At […]

Disputes over Election Results flare after Baghdad Ballot Fire

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The fate of Iraq’s latest elections has become fraught following a deliberate arson attack on the ballot boxes storage center in the Rusafa district of Baghdad on June 10. The facility exposed to the […]

We are Committed to Reforms – KRG’s Barzani

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has said the Kurdistan Regional Government is “firmly insistent to implement administrative reforms”. These remarks were part of a speech he made at the ceremony of presention of the ISO certificate to the KRG Ministry of Interior. He said the aim the KRG wants to attain is “to eliminate bureaucracy, red […]

Video: Fire hits Iraq’s biggest Ballot Warehouse

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Emergency services try to put out a fire that ripped through Iraq’s biggest ballot warehouse in eastern Baghdad’s Al-Russafa district, ahead of a vote recount prompted by allegations of fraud during legislative elections that […]

Election Recount Ordered; Electoral Commission bosses Sacked

By John Lee. The Iraqi parliament has ordered a nationwide manual recount of all votes from the parliamentary elections, following claims from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that there had been serious violations. Iraq’s top judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, will also take over the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), replacing the local heads in each […]

Iraq’s Pro-Iran Factions shrug off US Sanctions Push

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Two pro-Iranian militias active in Iraq and Syria declared that possible US sanctions targeting them would be ineffective and claimed that such sanctions would actually strengthen their presence and expansion in the Middle East. The US […]

US Congress Targets Iraq Election Winners

By Bryant Harris for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As parliamentarians in Baghdad work to form a new governing coalition in the wake of this month’s elections, their counterparts in Washington are seeking to sanction more than a […]

UN Iraq Representative Urges Calm

UN Iraq Representative Kubiš says elections were held in generally calm and stable environment, urges calm as electoral appeals are being adjudicated through established legal channels. Briefing the UN Security Council, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ján Kubiš said national elections were held on 12 May in a generally calm and stable environment. […]

$66m for Tharthar Lake Water Management Project

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Al-Abadi. It discussed energy, housing, transport, security, financial reforms and delivery of public services, and also reviewed several reconstruction projects across Iraq. The cabinet approved measures to accelerate the transition to electronic payment of […]

Video: Vote Fraud Allegations Trigger Recount

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s electoral commission says it is cancelling the results from more than 1,000 polling stations used in this month’s parliamentary vote. It says it has evidence of fraud at voting centres both in […]

Cabinet endorses Institutional Performance Management System

Iraq’s Institutional Performance Management System endorsed for implementation across Iraq’s Public Sector The Council of Ministers has endorsed “Iraq Government-Wide Institutional Performance Management System” for immediate application across public sector institutions in Iraq. The system is a non-prescriptive business excellence framework for organizational management, designed to help organizations to become more competitive. It provides a […]