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Cabinet pushes for Int’l Arbitration Convention

By John Lee. The Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, and: reviewed progress in implementing the reforms, initiatives and measures announced by the government to meet the legitimate demands of the protests; approved a draft law on the accession of the Republic […]

Iraq on Display

By Christine McCaffray van den Toorn for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After weeks of mass protests in Iraq, there are signs that the government’s patience is waning. Its current response — a mixture of spending and reform promises combined with violent […]

Iraq’s New Republic of Fear

By Renad Mansour, for Foreign Affairs. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How Youthful Protests Provoked an Authoritarian Turn On October 1, protesters flooded the streets of Baghdad, decrying high rates of unemployment and rampant corruption. In the ensuing weeks, the protests ballooned. […]

Draft Election Law: UN calls for Improvements

Draft election law: UN calls for improvements to meet public demands Electoral reform has been a central demand of many peaceful protesters. In recent weeks, Iraqi authorities have sought to find legislative solutions that address public calls for credible, free and fair elections. This process is Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led, as it must be. United Nations […]

Pompeo calls on Iraq to Enact Reforms and Tackle Corruption

The following is attributable to US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke [on Tuesday] with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. Secretary Pompeo emphasized that peaceful public demonstrations are a fundamental element of all democracies. The Secretary deplored the death toll among the protesters as a result of the […]

UN Proposes Roadmap to Resolve Iraq Crisis

By John Lee. On Sunday, the UN issued the following statement on the crisis facing Iraq: Over the past weeks, demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and other governorates in Iraq. Protester demands cover a wide spectrum of issues, including economic growth and employment, reliable public services, prudent and impartial governance, an end to corruption, credible elections […]

As Demonstrations Continue, What Comes Next?

By Douglas A. Ollivant for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As Iraq’s demonstrations continue, what comes next? Iraq’s demonstrations appear to have settled into at least a temporary “new normal.” In Baghdad, the protesters have a more or […]

Iraqi Cabinet Agrees New Set of Reforms

The Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi and with the presence of the governors. The Cabinet decided to grant the Minister of Oil the authority to recruit graduates of the 2018-2019 oil vocational training courses to become employees of the Ministry of […]

Iraq’s Govt “Cannot Reform Itself”

By Samir Sumaidaie (former Iraqi ambassador to the US and Iraqi Interior Minister), for the Atlantic Council. In Washington, some believe that despite the protests in Iraq that began in early October and continue apace, the current Iraqi government should be supported and given help as it responds to the just demands of the protesters. […]

PM Agrees to Resign, if Alternative Found

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi agrees to resign, asking political blocs to agree on an acceptable alternative to prevent a constitutional void President Salih agrees to snap elections, following new electoral law Electoral Commission to be replaced with fully independent Commission by judges and legal experts The following announcement was made on […]

Govt Slashes Salaries of Top Officials

By John Lee. The Iraqi Government has said it will reduce the salaries of ministers, members of parliament, and senior officials by up to 50 percent, and invest the money saved in a new social security fund to support Iraqis in need. In a statement on Friday, it also announced the establishment of a special […]