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Iraq Business News brings you the latest Iraqi politics news, keeping you up to date with the latest information and developments.

PM-Designate faces Pressure on Cabinet Choices

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi prime minister-designate faces pressure on Cabinet choices There are multiple challenges keeping Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, recently named Iraq’s prime minister-designate, from forming the government of independent technocrats that he pledged. […]

New Law could make Iraq’s Early Elections Late

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Controversial new law could make Iraq’s early elections late The Iraqi parliament, under public pressure from months of widespread protests, has passed a new electoral law that still leaves protesters and […]

Is Muqtada al-Sadr Losing Influence in Iraq?

By Dr Renad Mansour, for Chatham House. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After Latest Turn, is Muqtada al-Sadr Losing Influence in Iraq? The populist cleric has repositioned himself in Iraqi politics multiple times, but his recent shift against youth-led protestors may signal […]

Who are Sadr’s Blue Hats, and what side are they on?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Who are Sadr’s Blue Hats in Iraq and what side are they on? In the face of harsh criticism from religious authorities and the Iraqi public, cleric Muqtada […]

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KRG discusses Implementation of new Reform Law

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chaired a cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss the implementation of the KRG’s ambitious Reform Law. The meeting of cabinet ministers was attended by the heads of the Financial Monitoring Diwan and Commission of Integrity in Kurdistan, as well as the President of Public Prosecutions. Prime Minister Barzani emphasised the […]

Iraq “likely” to get New Waiver for Iran Gas Imports

By Bryant Harris for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq likely to continue importing Iranian natural gas under US waiver renewal Iraqi officials have indicated that the United States is likely to renew a key Iran sanctions waiver […]

Will New PM pass on Forming Govt?

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 new PM pass on forming government? Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi has a difficult task ahead as he seeks to form a new government. He […]

Outgoing Government silent on China Pact

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq’s outgoing government keeps mum on China pact Iraq’s pro-government Shiite blocs are alleging an economic agreement signed between outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and China in September […]

Iraq and the Conflict between US and Iran

By Vanda Felbab-Brown, for Brookings Institution. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Stuck in the middle: Iraq and the enduring conflict between United States and Iran When the United States killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on January 3, it also killed Abu […]

Interview with Iraqi Comedian/Satirist Ahmed Albasheer

The PBS show Amanpour and Company has interviewed Ahmed Albasheer (pictured), the Iraqi comedian and host of the weekly satire program “Albasheer Show”. Albasheer started the show in 2014 as a tool to fight corruption, extremism and terrorism. He explains how a suicide bomber changed his life, and how “Albasheer Show” is fueling the demonstrations currently […]