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PM announces Date for Early General Election

By John Lee. Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has announced an early general election for 6th June, 2021, roughly a year ahead of when it would normally be held. According to Reuters, the Iraqi parliament must ratify the election date. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) welcomed the announcement. The Special Representative of […]

Govt Not Giving Up on Early Elections

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi government not giving up on early elections Despite the fact that most political parties in Iraq agreed to hold elections as soon as possible, and the government of […]

New Law could make Iraq's Early Elections Late

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Controversial new law could make Iraq's early elections late The Iraqi parliament, under public pressure from months of widespread protests, has passed a new electoral law that still leaves protesters and […]

Draft Election Law: UN calls for Improvements

Draft election law: UN calls for improvements to meet public demands Electoral reform has been a central demand of many peaceful protesters. In recent weeks, Iraqi authorities have sought to find legislative solutions that address public calls for credible, free and fair elections. This process is Iraqi-owned and Iraqi-led, as it must be. United Nations […]

UN Proposes Roadmap to Resolve Iraq Crisis

By John Lee. On Sunday, the UN issued the following statement on the crisis facing Iraq: Over the past weeks, demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and other governorates in Iraq. Protester demands cover a wide spectrum of issues, including economic growth and employment, reliable public services, prudent and impartial governance, an end to corruption, credible elections […]

PM Agrees to Resign, if Alternative Found

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi agrees to resign, asking political blocs to agree on an acceptable alternative to prevent a constitutional void President Salih agrees to snap elections, following new electoral law Electoral Commission to be replaced with fully independent Commission by judges and legal experts The following announcement was made on […]

Provincial Elections are Cancelled Again

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. Drama On Iraq’s Councils After Provincial Elections Are Cancelled Again Conflict at federal level is complicating local politics too. Provincial elections have not been held for five […]

Iraq Initiative to Empower Women Candidates

Iraq Initiative to Empower Women Candidates run Parliamentary Polls In order to promote the equal opportunities for women to play their role as an active agent of society and due to the importance of political empowerment, participation and mobilization of women in the Democratic Government in Iraq, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as part […]

A New Chapter in Iraq?

After five months of political uncertainty, Iraq finally has a new prime minister. On October 3, Iraq’s newly named president, Barham Salih, picked Adel Abdul Mahdi, an independent Shia politician, to be the next prime minister and form a government. The appointment of Mahdi may have provided an opportunity to calm the protests that have […]

Iraqi Parliament appoints new Speaker

By John Lee. The new Iraqi Parliament (Council of Representatives) has selected Mohammed Halbusi [Mohamed al-Halbousi] (pictured) as Speaker. Aged 37, Halbusi is the youngest person to serve as Speaker. According to Anadolu Agency, he won 169 out of 298 votes, while his rival Khalid al-Obeidi, former defense minister, won 85 votes. He is a […]

Supreme Court Ratifies Election Results

By John Lee. Iraq's Supreme Court (pictured) has ratified the results of the parliamentary election, which was held in May. According to The National, this gives the winning political parties three months to form a new government. Muqtada al-Sadr has retained his lead. A coalition government needs at least 165 from a total of 329. […]

Election Recount: Sadr Retains Victory

By John Lee. Moqtada al-Sadr has reportedly retained his lead in Iraq’s parliamentary election following a full recount. According to Xinhua, the results showed no change in 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces, and changes in four provinces involving five seat-winners within their own coalitions. The recount did not alter the initial results significantly, with Sadr […]