Iraqi authorities aim to decrease the percentage of poverty in the country from 23% to 16% by the year 2014, according to the Planning Ministry’s Central Statistics Body on Tuesday. “The strategy to decrease poverty will be activated this year,” the Central Statistics Body’s official spokesman told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that “the […]
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The Iraqi government has officially demanded that parliament allocate 206 billion Iraqi Dinars (IQD) [$175m] from the 2011 public budget for the Arab Summit in the Baghdad in March Shuwan Mohammed Taha, a Kurdish member to the Iraqi parliament, told AKnews that since the budget for hosting the summit is high, the presidency of the […]
Iran-Iraq joint committee will start demarcating their borders in the near future, according to report published on Fars news agency on Friday. Fars reported an Iraqi deputy foreign minister as saying that a joint committee has been established in this regard to start a new demarcation of the common borders. He expressed hope that the […]
When asked what represented the greatest challenge for a statesman, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan replied: “Events, my dear boy, events”. Fifty years later, the same thought must have gone through the mind of Nouri al-Maliki as he prepared to meet the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, in an historic meeting in Baghdad, […]
The Kuwaiti premier, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah (pictured), and Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, discussed issues relating to borders, security and finance, during the first visit by a Kuwaiti premier to Baghdad since the 1990 Gulf War. The two neighbours are locked in a dispute over billions of dollars in war reparations from Baghdad, relating […]
Another wild-card was thrown into the Iraqi mix on Wednesday with the return of radical Shia’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran. A fierce opponent of the United States and head of Iraq’s feared militia, the Mehdi Army, al-Sadr’s return was reportedly low-key, and was not entirely unexpected following […]
GE has produced a rather useful primer on the latest Iraqi cabinet and Council of Representatives. Please click here to download a copy.
Iraq’s budget for 2011 was approved some months ago, but with the government now formed it is back on the table, according to AKNews. Kurdish MP Mahmoud Othman said: “There is an agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to amend the current budget.” Amendments are needed to resolve a […]
With a new Iraqi government now finally formed, Basra’s desire for a referendum on becoming semi-autonomous may finally get past Baghdad’s stalling tactics. The Iraqi constitution allows provinces to become semi-autonomous, just like the northern region of Kurdistan. The Associated Press reported on the pros and cons, writing that Basra would be able to stop […]
By Ranj Alaaldin, a Middle East political and security risk analyst based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He visits the Middle East regularly and as part of his recent work on Iraq has visited the country on a number of fact-finding missions. Foreign Policy magazine recently listed him among its 100 […]
The big news this week in Iraq was the announcement of Nouri al-Maliki’s new cabinet, and, unusually for such a decision, the fact that it was made several days ahead of the legal deadline. Nevertheless, BBC reports that Iraq now has the dubious honour of holding the world record for the longest period between an […]
The following is a statement from US President, Barack Obama, on the formation of the new Iraqi government: Today’s vote in the Council of Representatives is a significant moment in Iraq’s history and a major step forward in advancing national unity. I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders, the members of the Council of Representatives, and the […]