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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.

Events, My Dear Boy, Events

When asked what represented the greatest challenge for a statesman, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan replied: “Events, my dear boy, events”. Fifty years later, the same thought must have gone through the mind of Nouri al-Maliki as he prepared to meet the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, in an historic meeting in Baghdad, […]

Kuwaiti PM’s First Visit to Iraq Since Gulf War

The Kuwaiti premier, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah (pictured), and Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, discussed issues relating to borders, security and finance, during the first visit by a Kuwaiti premier to Baghdad since the 1990 Gulf War. The two neighbours are locked in a dispute over billions of dollars in war reparations from Baghdad, relating […]


Anti-US Cleric Returns to Iraq

Another wild-card was thrown into the Iraqi mix on Wednesday with the return of radical Shia’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran. A fierce opponent of the United States and head of Iraq’s feared militia, the Mehdi Army, al-Sadr’s return was reportedly low-key, and was not entirely unexpected following […]

Iraq Budget to be Reviewed

Iraq’s budget for 2011 was approved some months ago, but with the government now formed it is back on the table, according to AKNews. Kurdish MP Mahmoud Othman said: “There is an agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to amend the current budget.” Amendments are needed to resolve a […]

Basra Could Become Semi-Autonomous

With a new Iraqi government now finally formed, Basra’s desire for a referendum on becoming semi-autonomous may finally get past Baghdad’s stalling tactics. The Iraqi constitution allows provinces to become semi-autonomous, just like the northern region of Kurdistan. The Associated Press reported on the pros and cons, writing that Basra would be able to stop […]

Iraqi Govt Patchwork Alliance May Struggle to Survive

By Ranj Alaaldin, a Middle East political and security risk analyst based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He visits the Middle East regularly and as part of his recent work on Iraq has visited the country on a number of fact-finding missions. Foreign Policy magazine recently listed him among its 100 […]

Iraq’s New Future of Opportunity

The big news this week in Iraq was the announcement of Nouri al-Maliki’s new cabinet, and, unusually for such a decision, the fact that it was made several days ahead of the legal deadline. Nevertheless, BBC reports that Iraq now has the dubious honour of holding the world record for the longest period between an […]

President Obama Comments on New Iraqi Government

The following is a statement from US President, Barack Obama, on the formation of the new Iraqi government: Today’s vote in the Council of Representatives is a significant moment in Iraq’s history and a major step forward in advancing national unity. I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders, the members of the Council of Representatives, and the […]

Al-Maliki’s New Program For Government

In addition to proposing his new cabinet, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presented his government’s new program to Parliament this week. The full text of Iraq’s program for government is as follows: 1. Maintaining and commitment to Iraq’s constitution completely, and that any subsequent modifications will be in accordance with Article 142 of the Constitution, […]

Full List of Iraq’s New Cabinet

Following on from our listing on Monday of the main cabinet positions, we present a more complete line-up below, compiled from information sourced from Iraq Oil Report and Reuters. The official website of the Iraq cabinet has not published the official list, and has chosen instead to lead with an article about the importation of […]

Iraq’s new cabinet: economic recovery and the oil challenges

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.   The unanimous approval of the new Iraqi government by the Iraqi lawmakers, to be led by the incumbent premier al-Maliki, is long-awaited news – ending nine tumultuous months […]