Maliki's Impact on Business

With the passing of a death sentence on vice-president Tariq al-Hashemi at the weekend, many fear that Iraq is too much under the control of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and that his grip on power is becoming ever stronger.

As an editorial in the Guardian put it on Monday, "Maliki's authoritarianism has some way to go before it reaches the proportions of Saddam Hussein's terror. But the charge sheet is growing".

But not so long ago, the talk was of Maliki resigning before his term of office was completed; however this plays out, whether Maliki stays or goes could be the single most important determining factor in the future direction of the country.

Has Maliki really become unreasonably powerful, or is he simply doing what has to be done to maintain order and the rule of law in the face of violence?

And what would be the impact on business and economic development of a more powerful Maliki?

Please give us your opinions in the comments section below.



9 Responses to Maliki's Impact on Business

  1. Rawand 13th September 2012 at 06:59 #

    of course it will have great impact on business in iraq in bad way sure,I mean instead of thinking on how to provide basic services for people his old backward mind leads him on how to fight sunni arabs then turned to kurds and after that turkey and gulf countries then threatening global companies of oil working in kurdistan and turkish companies in iraq an bla bla bla all instead of providing 1 hour of electricity to iraq,congratulation for him and who follow this fascistic mind

  2. Haidar 13th September 2012 at 12:51 #

    Iraq is heading in the RIGHT direction. I do recall an iraqi JUDGE issuing the death sentence to the terrorist that is Hashimi. Contrary to what the above article might suggest, recent polls in Iraq suggest that State of Law's popularity has been growing for the last 2 years, while that of others has been shrinking.

    As for the KRG, they are dynasty NOT a democracy, the list of Barazanis in power is just ridiculous. Yet they have the Audacity to claim Maliki to be a dictator, that coming from a man (barazani) who's been in power since 1979, inheriting his power from his father. A bunch of thieves who do not respect the Iraqi constitution, smuggle Iraqi oil to turkey/Iran and control a rogue militia (the Peshmarga).

    If anything, we Iraqis are glad someone is able to stand up for us against the constant aggression dealt to us by our hostile neighbours, be it Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Kurdistan.

  3. Jamal Almudarris 13th September 2012 at 13:39 #

    All I can say is,, we had one thief before (during Saddam), NOW we have 1000 thieves
    So, How is it better I ask ??

  4. Gabriel 13th September 2012 at 13:41 #

    the time will tell, of course it will have negative impact on Business and Economic Devolpment as long as Maliki continues his
    policy trying to consolidate his grip on power ,and all his decisions& policy making influnced and supported by Iran which fuels the scterian violence in iraq and turns iraqi Sunni's against him, and death penality against al-Hashimmi in a time
    like that it is going to make the situation worse and increase the tention! but with all gloomy bad negative news coming out of Iraq
    right now i am optimestic that the politations in Iraq they will come to their sences at the end to sort out the mess which created by themself at first place.but as long as ther is oil in Iraq and as long as Iraqi Kurds and Arabs Sunnis and Shias live in United Iraq, political and ethnic tensiones will continue and it will have huge impact on Business and Economic Devolpment and prosperty in Iraq.

  5. Haider 13th September 2012 at 14:54 #

    The situation is so complicated that it is difficult to make any prediction. There are many player (internal and external), and let's not forget, the country was no in a better state before Al Maliki.

    I would say that Al Maliki has little effect on what is happening in Iraq today, and much of what is going on is controlled by the people in lower rank positions.

  6. Jay Curry 13th September 2012 at 15:28 #

    In light of all the factors about Iraq it would seem to be a much more organized and more humane place with those whom seem to think leading means to dictate conditions of life. I would think it would be best for the overall country if Maliki were to leave or otherwise be disposed of. From all the evidence since his terms in the office he holds i can not see anything that he has accomplished aside from creating more antaginism. I do have a strong belief he has been very corrupt and i do believe he does murder and i also would think he may be responsible for much of the violence there in Iraq bombings and such i believe he may be the advocate for that. He needs to go so that the country can rebuild and began living a life that has some meaning other than just surviving

  7. Hollywood 13th September 2012 at 15:57 #

    Maliki has to go and is not good for business in Iraq for the Iraqi people,he has went past his authority many times by trying to take over the CBI and rule Iraq like a dictator like Saddam,look at his dealings with Iran which is a good indicator that clearly shows his greed and his disregard for the Iraqi people,President Obama along with a coalition of other countries should come together and remove him from power immediately,because he is definitely in bed with Iran,If the Queen,President Bush and all the other PTB don't want to see all there work go down the drain,they better do something now,you do not let a cancer like Maliki spread,there is a lot of money rideing on the success of Iraq and the world economies. He should be dealt withswiftly,immediately,right now.

  8. jj 13th September 2012 at 16:12 #

    The one thing about Maliki is indisputable. He has had well over 4 years to make progress to provide just the simplest of services to the Iraqi people (clean water & electricity) and has failed miserably. For this alone....he should be forced out. He is clearly not a man who brings unity amongst his fellow leaders. In fact, he has now managed to alienate Kurdish leader Barzani by making threats to the point of they are close to becoming enemies. So, you have Barzani, Allawi, and often Sadr making statements "against" Maliki and accusing him of NOT living up to ANY of his promises that he made which allowed him to become PM in the first place. This man (Maliki) has even taken on Sinan Shabibbi at the Central Bank. Honestly, I believe as long as maliki is in power, no progress or good is going to come from it. He will just continue to harness even more power and has already proven he is a divider........not a uniter.

  9. Lorenzo Garcia 13th September 2012 at 19:47 #

    Yes, it has already a huge impact on business when the large oil companies shun Bagdad controlled oil fields. Who loves Iraq with Maliki? Not so many nations in the neighbourhood.

    The symbiosis Iraq/Iran will damage business. Iran has no money, nor acces to capital markets, is mostly surrounded by hostile neighbours. Iraq is going down, down, down and our peer traveller is in Teheran. Damascus is in the front leading the gang into the road to hell.

    At the other hand, what the Iraqi people vote is what they deserve. Iraq do not need more dead heroes nor martyr. Iran needs living brothers, fathers and/or just living human beings. We are going away from this road.