Tag Archives | Adel Abdul-Mahdi

Will PM Fail to Complete his Cabinet?

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Will Iraq’s prime minister fail to complete his Cabinet? For the second time in less than two months, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has left the Iraqi parliament building […]

Iraq to Extend Pensions to Short-Term Employees

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has said it intends to extend pension rights and other benefits to public sector employees on short term and daily contracts. At a cabinet meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday, Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi told the Cabinet that the government intends to introduce measures to give public sector employees on […]

Prime Minister names his 8 New Ministers

Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has reportedly named his final eight ministers, completing his cabinet after weeks of delay. According to information received by Rudaw, the appointments are as follows: Dara Nuradin – Ministry of Justice Falih Fayadh – Ministry of Interior Faysal Jarba – Ministry of Defense Qusay Abdulwahab Suheil – Ministry of Higher Education […]

NIC identifies Main Issues Hindering Investment in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) has identified five main issues hindering investment in Iraq: Not applying the One Stop Shop (OSS) law as it should be applied and denying the OSS representatives the required authorities to decision making; Difficulties in allocating lands and being subject to interpretation and wishes of various bodies; […]

Sectarianism, Governance, and Iraq’s Future

By Ranj Alaaldin. The June 2014 takeover of Mosul by the Islamic State group (ISIS) was described as an existential threat to the Iraqi state and the post-2003 political order. Yet, its emergence was only a symptom of a broader series of crises that had engulfed Iraq over the past decade. While militant groups dominate […]

Can Iraq’s new Leadership Win (and Keep) the Peace?

By Ranj Alaaldin. Iraq now has a new government in place, six months after holding elections against a backdrop of a long period of political instability and social unrest. With the new leadership of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Salih—both widely touted as reformist, progressive, and Western-leaning—there are high hopes that the […]

Can PM make Iraq’s Grand Plans a Reality?

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Can Abdul Mahdi make Iraq’s grand plans a reality? New Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi recently submitted an ambitious development and financial plan to parliament, but his proposals will face […]

Adel Abdul-Mahdi – Hostage to All?

By Harith Hasan, for Carnegie Middle East Center. Adel Abdul-Mahdi was a compromise candidate as prime minister, that’s his major problem. A few weeks before he was sworn in as Iraq’s new prime minister on October 21, ‘Adel ‘Abdul-Mahdi wrote a commentary saying he would refuse the position because “the right conditions for success [were] […]

Increased Cooperation between Iraq and Qatar

His Excellency Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has received Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassem al-Thani Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and his accompanying delegation. The delegation included a group of ministers and advisers. During the meeting, they have discussed boosting bilateral cooperation in various sectors, especially in […]

New Prime Minister Inherits a Better Country

Iraqis are desperate to reboot their creaking democracy. Nearly every government since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 has proven corrupt, incompetent or dysfunctional. Their new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, hardly seems like a change. The 76-year-old former finance and oil minister belongs to the old elite, whose fathers were ministers when Iraq was […]

PM faces Pressure in Forming his Cabinet

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Most of the political forces participating in the Iraqi parliament have stressed the need to leave the quota system behind. The deeply entrenched differences, however, surfaced during the parliament […]

A New Chapter in Iraq?

After five months of political uncertainty, Iraq finally has a new prime minister. On October 3, Iraq’s newly named president, Barham Salih, picked Adel Abdul Mahdi, an independent Shia politician, to be the next prime minister and form a government. The appointment of Mahdi may have provided an opportunity to calm the protests that have […]