Tag Archives | Adel Abdul-Mahdi

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. […]

Can Iraqi PM's Promises Calm Popular Anger?

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.  Can Iraqi PM's Promises Calm Popular Anger? Mass protests erupted early Friday morning in most of southern Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Karbala and Nasiriyah. In Baghdad, protesters began gathering and organizing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Following Protests, Govt Announces Minimum Income Guarantee

By John Lee. Following days of protests in which dozens of people are reported to have been killed, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has outlined measures that he says will increase support for low-income families, create new employment opportunities for graduates, tackle corruption and expedite reforms. According to a statement from the Government, the measures include: […]

PM Demands Parliamentary Support to Reshuffle Cabinet

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called on lawmakers to support him to reshuffle cabinet posts and urged calm after three days of unrest rocked the country. Abdul Mahdi said there was no ‘magic solution’ to Iraq’s chronic governance problems and graft but pledged to try to pass a law granting poor families a basic […]

Iraq to join China's Belt and Road Initiative

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has reportedly said that Iraq will join China's "Belt and Road" [One Belt One Road] initiative. According to AFP, he made the announcement in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit to the country. President Xi said that China would like "to push […]

PM visits China as Business Relationship Strengthens

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi arrived on Thursday morning in the Chinese city of Hebei to participate in the World Conference on Industrialization. The visit follows the granting of two major contracts in Iraq to Chinese companies in recent weeks: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau will reportedly implement civil engineering projects and […]

Why al-Hikma is Turning its Back on the PM

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. Why this political movement is turning its back on the Iraqi PM Thousands of followers of Ammar al-Hakim (pictured), the leader of the opposition National Wisdom Movement, took to the […]