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61 Iraqi Officials Sacked over Protests

The Iraqi cabinet has sacked 61 officials over recent protests that killed more than 100 people and injured thousands earlier this month, Anadolu reports. Leaked documents obtained by Anadolu Agency showed that the decision was taken during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 14. Protests rocked the capital Baghdad and southern provinces earlier this month against […]

Baghdad Council Elects New Governor

By John Lee. The Baghdad Provincial Council has reportedly elected Mohammed Jaber al-Atta as new governor, replacing Falah al-Jazairi, who was sacked last week following protests. According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, Al-Atta is a member of the “State of Law” coalition, led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (Source: Anadolu Agency)

Iraqi Cabinet to Help Young Entrepreneurs

By John Lee. The Iraqi cabinet has said it will simplify company registration procedures for young entrepreneurs (aged 18-35 years), and exempt them from any associated fees. It has also announced that it will provide unemployed graduates and others wishing to start manufacturing projects with free training and support to start their projects. The new […]

Govt Promises More Jobs and Houses

Summary of government measures to boost employment, address housing shortage and support low-income groups Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi on Sunday chaired a meeting of the High Committee for the Distribution of Land. The Committee reviewed preparations for the distribution of plots of land to low-income groups in Iraqi provinces, and the allocation of more […]

Video: Will Protesters in Iraq get what they want?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Fed up with years of corruption, unemployment and a lack of basic services, tens of thousands of Iraqis are taking to the streets to protest for a better future. Security forces have responded […]

Iraq’s ‘Youth Bulge’ will Change the Country

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. By Mustafa Habib. The protests that shook Iraq are winding down. But younger Iraqis remain determined and the generation gap that’s developing will have an impact for years to come. […]

Iraq turns 9 Senior Former Officials over to Judiciary

The Iraqi government has announced that it had turned nine senior former officials over to the judiciary regarding corruption charges, and pledged to turn others over soon, news agencies reported. In a statement, the Iraqi Supreme Anti-Corruption Council referred corruption cases of “nine high-ranking officials to the judiciary after the completion of the legal procedures […]

Iraq, China launch ‘Oil for Reconstruction’ agreement

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. When Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi led a delegation to China in September, Baghdad and Beijing activated an “oil for reconstruction” and investment program. Under the arrangement, Chinese firms work in Iraq in […]

Iraqi Govt continues to Block Social Media

The Iraqi government continues to block social media websites in all governorates amid mass demonstrations in the country. This is despite the partial return of internet service in the capital Baghdad and the southern governorates. Despite the intermittent return of the internet service, the blocking of social media websites continues in all governorates of Iraq, […]

UPDATE: Iraqi PM Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has reportedly announced a cabinet reshuffle and three days of national mourning, following the recent protests during which more than 110 people were killed. Reuters quotes him as telling a news conference: “We will ask parliament to vote tomorrow [Thursday] on changes to ministries”. According to […]

Govt seems Powerless against Protesters

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. Iraqi government seems powerless against protesters even as ‘unknown’ snipers take toll A video of a fearless teenager performing a dance from the popular multiplayer online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds amid heavy bullets and smoke […]