Tag Archives | elections

The latest news on elections in Iraq – government, security, parliament, political, violence & more – brought to you by Iraq Business News

Kurdish Referendum may see Iraqi Elections Postponed

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. In Baghdad, the Kurdish referendum has dominated all other official proceedings. Lack of progress on electoral laws means federal elections could be postponed – again. The controversial Iraqi Kurdish referendum […]

New Electoral Law to Sideline Small Opposition Parties

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. It has been said before. But this time it may well be true: Iraq’s next elections will be the most crucial in the country since 2003. The last elections were […]

Korea wins $100m Contract for Vote-Counting Machines

By John Lee. South Korea’s Miru Systems has signed a $100-million deal to supply vote-counting machines to Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). According to a report from Yonhap, Baghdad is reportedly considering using Miru’s vote-counting equipment and solutions in the September local elections for the first time, ahead of a parliamentary vote planned for next […]

PM calls for New Electoral Commission

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the parliament to form a new electoral commission, as the expiration of the legal term of the current commission is nearing. Abadi made his call during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.  A group of Iraqi MPs had submitted a petition to the speaker of parliament requesting […]

Problems Threaten Postponement Of 2017 Elections

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. Political conflicts, war with extremists and millions of displaced: All these threaten to see Iraq’s next elections postponed, despite the fact that many say they will be the country’s most […]

Demand for Reform reaches Electoral Commission

By Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A group of Iraqi legislators plans to submit a petition to the speaker of parliament requesting the deposition of executive council members of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) with an eye toward the […]

How To Replace Iraq’s Flawed Political System?

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. Danger Of Dictatorship: How To Replace Iraq’s Flawed Political System? Iraq’s Parliament has failed its people. This was the message from protestors last week. But what could possibly replace the […]

Will Secular Parties gain Upper Hand in Iraq?

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. Islamist parties have dominated the Iraqi political scene since the first elections in 2005 after the fall of Saddam Hussein. As a reaction to their long history of being repressed under Saddam’s regime — […]

Politicians Work Towards National Consensus

By Mustafa al Kadhimi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Iraq Business News. After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the most used terms in the country are likely “political consensus,” “consensual democracy” and “consensual decision.” However, failures on all levels […]

Parliament Rejects Defense, Interior Ministry Candidates

By John Lee. The Iraqi parliament has rejected the two candidates proposed by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for the posts of Interior Minister and Defense Minister. In what Bloomberg describes as a setback for efforts to unite the country against the Islamic State, moderate Sunni Jaber al-Jaberi has been rejected as defense minister, and Riyad […]

Iraq Forms New Cabinet under Abadi

By John Lee. Iraq’s parliament has approved a new cabinet proposed by Haider al-Abadi. According to a report from BBC News, the new government will have Sunni and Kurdish deputy prime ministers, Saleh al-Mutlak and former Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari respectively. Bahaa Araji, loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, will also become a deputy PM. […]

Getting the Balance Right

Iraq-watchers are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi’s proposed cabinet, which is due to be put before parliament in the coming week. As always, it will be a difficult balancing act, but now more than ever it will be crucial to get that balance right. Under ‘normal’ circumstances, it would seem sensible […]