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Cabinet Gives Itself a Pay Cut

By John Lee. The Iraqi Council of Ministers has reportedly approved a cut of 45 percent in ministerial salaries. It also approved a resolution to pay equal salaries to all Vice Presidents, Deputy Prime Ministers, and the Deputy Speaker. (Source: AIN)

Al-Darraji Takes Over as Industry Minster

By John Lee. On Sunday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi received the new Minister of Industry, Mohammed al-Darraji [Daraji, Derraji]. Al-Darraji takes over from Naseer al-Issawi, who submitted his resignation at the request of his political bloc, the Ahrar bloc of the Sadrist movement. He served as Minister for Housing and Reconstruction in the previous al-Maliki administration. […]

Additional Cabinet Ministers Approved

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After a month of wrangling and indecision that extended into the Eid al-Adha holiday, […]

Security Ministries on Hold

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After four years of having a vacuum in the ministries of defense and interior, the issue has resurfaced in Iraq under complicated security conditions and as the country faces the Islamic State […]

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Parliament Rejects Defense, Interior Ministry Candidates

By John Lee. The Iraqi parliament has rejected the two candidates proposed by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for the posts of Interior Minister and Defense Minister. In what Bloomberg describes as a setback for efforts to unite the country against the Islamic State, moderate Sunni Jaber al-Jaberi has been rejected as defense minister, and Riyad […]

Listing of New Iraqi Cabinet

Niqash has issued the following listing of the new Iraqi cabinet, translated from the Arabic official government announcement: Deputy Prime Ministers: Hoshyar Zebari (Kurdish); Saleh al-Mutlaq (Sunni); Bahaa al-Araji (Shiite) Ministry of Agriculture: Falah Hassan al-Zaidan (Sunni) Ministry of Communication: Kazem Hassan Rashed (Shiite) Ministry of Construction and Housing: Tariq al-Khikani (Shiite) Ministry of Culture: […]

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Moving Beyond Tribalism

By Padraig O'Hannelly. The world has broadly welcomed the approval by the Iraqi parliament of the new cabinet of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. While the formulation of the new cabinet attempts to keep all factions involved and working together, it was clear from al-Abadi's speech that his arm was twisted in the negotiations, and that […]

Parliament Approves the Abbadi Cabinet

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The new Iraqi cabinet headed by Haydar al-Abbadi [Abadi] has been approved by the […]

Iraq Forms New Cabinet under Abadi

By John Lee. Iraq's parliament has approved a new cabinet proposed by Haider al-Abadi. According to a report from BBC News, the new government will have Sunni and Kurdish deputy prime ministers, Saleh al-Mutlak and former Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari respectively. Bahaa Araji, loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, will also become a deputy PM. […]

Abadi's Balance Draws Praise

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Abadi's Balance Draws Praise, but Governing Iraq a Tightrope Act Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi has not sought media attention or stirred up political, sectarian and nationalist sensitivities in speeches and statements […]

Call to End Sectarian Quotas for some Ministries

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis Call to End Sectarian Quotas for some Ministries On Aug. 21, intellectuals and trade unionists met in a hotel in central Baghdad for a conference calling on Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, […]

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Getting the Balance Right

Iraq-watchers are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi's proposed cabinet, which is due to be put before parliament in the coming week. As always, it will be a difficult balancing act, but now more than ever it will be crucial to get that balance right. Under 'normal' circumstances, it would seem sensible […]