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Allawi to Pull Out of Power-Sharing Govt?

Ayad Allawi has reportedly threatened to quit the power-sharing government according to an interview with Britain's Times newspaper on Tuesday. "Power-sharing is not happening," Allawi said. "It is not set to work in a meaningful way... If it does not change, I will not participate." Despite his Iraqiya block narrowly winning elections in March, Allawi […]

Al-Maliki (Finally) Offered New Term as Prime Minister

We have just received news that Iraq's newly-appointed President, Jalal Talabani, has formally asked Nouri al-Maliki to accept the position of Prime Minister and form the next government. Following his appointment today (Thursday), al-Maliki will have 30 days in which to choose a cabinet. Maliki has reportedly asked Iraqi's to “turn over a new page, […]

Good News For Foreign Investors in Iraq

Iraq's newly-appointed President, Jalal Talabani (pictured), is apparently using his full allowance of 15 days to formally appoint a new Prime Minister, thus allowing the haggling over the details to continue. And while Nouri al-Maliki remains the 'agreed' candidate, we should never under-estimate the Iraqi parliament's ability to throw us a last-minute surprise. If al-Maliki […]

DNO Chief: New Iraqi Govt Positive for Kurdish Oil Exports

Bloomberg reports that DNO International ASA, the Norwegian Oil company with operations in Iraqi Kurdistan,  regards the formation of a new government in Iraq as an “important milestone” in paving the way for the resumption of oil exports from the Kurdish region. “Getting a government in place is a necessary step for this process to […]

News Flash: Allawi Walks Out of Parliament

Just as Iraq's politicians had finally hammered out a deal to create the next government, Ayad Allawi [Iyad Allawi] joined an estimated 57 Iraqiya MPs in walking out of the chamber. The parliament, meeting in only its second session since the election in March, had just elected as Speaker Osama al-Nejeifi [al-Nujaifi], a Sunni hard-liner […]

Light at the End of the Tunnel

After eight months it seems that finally we are close to an agreement on the formation of the next Iraqi government. When the talks finally reach a conclusion, there's a long list of issues to be addressed by the incoming government, not least of which is Iraq's abysmal ranking in the World Bank's latest Doing […]

Election Update: Govt Negotiations at Critical Stage

Our sources in Iraq tell us that negotiations are expected to continue late on Wednesday to decide the formation of the next Iraqi government, and it looks likely that the parliamentary session that had been postponed until Thursday will be delayed further. It is now generally accepted that Nouri al-Maliki will retain the position of […]

BREAKING NEWS: Iraqiya Politicians Defect, Govt Being Formed

Iraq Business News has received information late on Sunday that between 30 and 34 politicians have defected from Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya bloc, and will support Nouri al-Maliki's bid to form the next Iraqi government. Although these rumours are still unconfirmed, they are from a source trusted by Iraq Business News. The details are understood to […]

Iraq Takes Step Closer to Forming Government

Nouri al-Maliki has made progress in his bid to retain power, having secured the backing of the main Shi'ite parliamentary bloc for his re-nomination for the post of Prime Minister. He notably received support from the self-exiled, hard-line cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, leading to increased concerns amongst the Sunni population. Al-Maliki still requires the support of […]

Iraqi Politicians – Start Doing Your Jobs

Half a year after the Iraqi elections in March, the country is still without a government. And in some quarters, there is no sign of urgency. Ayad Allawi, leader of the Iraqiya group, said during the week: "I hope in October some time, late October (things will be sorted out) … We are still in […]

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Freedom of Speech in Iraq

The planned second session of the new Iraqi parliament was due to be held on Tuesday, but considering the lack of progress in forming the next government, few were surprised when it was postponed. “We are postponing the session until further notice because the political entities failed to reach any agreement”, said Fuad Massum, who […]

The Business of Business is Business

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his main rival for the top position, Ayad Allawi, met on Tuesday to discuss a resolution to the ongoing parliamentary stalemate. This was only the second meeting between the two men since the inconclusive 7th March election. While this was welcome news, Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the prime minister, […]