Tag Archives | Fouad Massoum

Iraq's Parliament is Impotent

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. Iraq finds itself facing a major political crisis, as parliament is obstructed, the formation of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's new cabinet has yet to be completed and popular protests continue to demand radical reform to the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The […]

Maliki Pledges Peaceful Fight to Retain PM Title

By John Lee. It's something many academics and Maliki observers have long feared: that if cornered, Maliki would use loyalist Iraqi forces, in particular the Iraqi Special Operations Forces, to hold onto power. Instead, The Wall Street Journal  have reported that Maliki has pledged to pursue his fight to retain the top spot through the courts, […]

Maliki contests Abadi Nomination

By John Lee. Meeting an extended deadline, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum has nominated a PM from the State of Law bloc, the largest coalition which therefore has the constitutional right to name the next Iraqi PM. But it was not Nouri-al-Maliki. Observers are now waiting to see what action, if any, Maliki might take to […]

Situation complex as Maliki digs in

By John Lee. On Sunday at midnight, Iraq's embattled PM Nouri al-Maliki issued a defiant speech claiming his constitutional right to remain at the helm of his crisis hit country. Tellingly, he warned his political foes they were effectively with the terrorists, and the speech was described by one Iraq analyst on twitter as akin […]