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Iraq Business News brings you the latest Iraqi politics news, keeping you up to date with the latest information and developments.

Details of Proposed New Ministers’ Salaries

Iraq’s Presidency issued  a draft-law on Monday for the monthly salaries of high-ranking officials and employees, already approved by the Council of Ministers, a copy of which was sent to the Parliament, according to Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The draft-law would set the basic monthly salary of the President and the Prime Minister at 8 […]

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Questions for Maliki and Nujayfi

The following article was published on Monday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Reidar Visser on Iraq’s Day of Protest

The following article was published on Friday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Friday’s Day of Rage in Iraq

Friday, billed as a ‘day of rage’ in Iraq, saw protests throughout the country despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urging people to not participate in the protests for security reasons. Baghdad: The center of the city was ‘virtually locked down’ on Friday. Demonstrators trying to get across a bridge going from the square to the […]

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Detailed New Briefing Paper on Iraq

The United Nations has prepared a comprehensive Briefing Book on Iraq, and presented it to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The book is comprised of two parts: The first part addresses key policy issues, including: macroeconomic challenges, development planning and prioritization, governance and public sector reform, anti-corruption, private sector development, social protection and the challenges of […]

Cabinet Approves Huge Salary Cut for Top Jobs

A governmental legal advisor has said that the Council of Ministers agreed to an 80% reduction in the salaries of the three presidencies, according to a report from AKnews. Other reports say the proposals would cut the salaries of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi by ‘more than 50 […]

$34 Million ‘Missing’ from Iraqi Accounts

Around $34 million is “missing” from a post-Gulf War fund that Iraq maintains to protect the money from foreign claims, its parliamentary speaker said on Monday as authorities scrambled to head off further protests on cutting politicians’ pay and ramping up support for the needy. “There is missing money, we do not know where it […]

Reidar Visser on the New Iraqi Budget

The following article was published on Sunday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

At a Crossroads – Human Rights in Iraq

Human Rights Watch has just issued a 102-page report on human rights in Iraq, calling on the government to protect the rights of vulnerable groups and to amend its penal code and all other laws that discriminate against women and violate freedom of speech. The report also urges Baghdad to open independent and impartial investigations […]

Iraq Finally Passes $83bn Budget

Iraq’s parliament gave the final approval on Sunday to an $82.6 billion budget for 2011, according to Reuters. AKnews puts the Iraqi dinar amount at 96 trillion. The budget is based on an average oil price of $76.50 per barrel, and 2.2 million barrels per day in crude exports. The deficit was projected at $13.4 […]

Violent Protests Break Out in Iraq

Violent protests have broken out at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment. Basra: In the country’s second largest city, about 1,000 people protested on Friday, demanding better services, jobs and improved pensions. They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for […]

KRG, a Model for the Middle East

By Chris Bowers, British Consul General in Erbil. This article was originally published by Rudaw, and is re-published with permission by Iraq Business News. It has been an interesting few weeks in Kurdistan – though I think I could have safely written that each week that I have been here so far – as society […]