Tag Archives | Barham Salih

Iraq seeks to Recover Looted Funds

By John Lee. The Iraqi President, Barham Salih (pictured), has reportedly announced new legal measures to recover funds looted from Iraq. Economist Basem Jamil Antoun told Asharq Al-Awsat that funds stolen since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 are estimated at $250 billion. Click here to read the full story. (Source: Asharq Al-Awsat)

Iraqi Kurdish Police Arrest Journalist for "Defamation"

From the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): Iraqi Kurdish police arrest journalist Bahroz Jaafer over criminal defamation suit filed by Iraq's president Kurdish authorities in Iraq should immediately release journalist Bahroz Jaafer, drop all charges against him, and allow the press to cover and write critically about politicians without fear of detention or legal action, […]

President Salih: CMC Suspension of Reuters "Regretable"

By John Lee. Reuters has confirmed that Iraq's media regulator has suspended its licence after the news agency published a story saying the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country was higher than officially reported. The Communications and Media Commission (CMC) said it was revoking the licence for three months and imposing a fine […]

President to pick New PM if Deadlock drags on

Iraqi president says will pick new PM if deadlock drags on Iraqi President Barham Salih (pictured) said on Wednesday that he would choose an interim prime minister if political parties failed to name a replacement for Adel Abdul Mahdi by 1st February Reuters reports that the deadline set by President Salih is the latest sign […]

Iraqi President visits UK Prime Minister

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, hosted Iraqi President Barham Salih in Downing Street on Tuesday as part of his Guest of Government visit to the UK. The leaders began by discussing security cooperation, and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting the Iraqi Government in building a stable and successful nation. They […]

Iranian President visits Baghdad

By John Lee. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday as the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation at the official invitation of the President and Prime Minister of Iraq. Barham Salih, President of Iraq, officially welcomed President Rouhani at Baghdad’s as-Salam Palace. Dr Rouhani will have meetings with the President […]

Iraq to remove Impediments to Infrastructure Investment

By John Lee. Iraqi President Barham Salih has told an international conference in Rome that Iraq will remove any impediments to Iraqi and foreign private sector companies, as well as international financial institutions, donor countries and sovereign wealth funds, to invest in major infrastructure projects in the country. He added that these projects may include […]

Kurdish Political Heavyweight Announces Plan to Shake Up Voters

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. If people in Iraqi Kurdistan are not talking about the referendum on independence then they are discussing the arrival of new political alliance with the potential to change the Kurdish […]

Salih to Hand Over to Nechirvan Barzani in KRG Cabinet Reshuffle

Prime Minister Barham Salih will hand over to former Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in a reshuffle of the Kurdistan Regional Government cabinet. The move is part of the strategic alliance between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which are in a coalition government. Under the agreement, Dr Salih was […]

Kurdistan Economy to Grow by 12% Next Year

Barham Salih [Saleh], the Prime Minister of Kurdistan's Regional Government,  said he expects 12 per cent growth in the region’s economy next year. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Sulaimaniyah Trades Fair, Salih (pictured) praised the economic boom in the Kurdistan Region. “This city [Sulaimaniyah] used to be like a military camp, a war […]

KRG Prime Minister's Statement on Oil and Gas Laws

Today [Monday] the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Barham Salih, following the visit to Erbil of Iraqi Federal Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi, welcomed the new efforts made by all parties in the federal government on Iraq’s planned oil and gas legislation. “We have had excellent discussions with Finance Minister al-Issawi,” said Prime Minister Salih. […]

Kurdistan Confirms Oil Export Agreement

Further to our report last week that oil exports from Iraqi Kurdistan will resume at the start of February, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued a statement confirming the agreement, and addressing the conflict with Baghdad over the budget. The full statement is shown below: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Barham Salih (pictured) this week […]