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Maliki Re-Elected as Head of Dawa Party

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has won a third term for the presidency of his Islamic Dawa Party in an election that was attended by a number of Iraqi political leaders […]

Rift Deepens Between Maliki and Nujaifi

By Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Following an attempt by Iraqi parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi (pictured) to restore the dismissed head of the Justice and Accountability Committee to his post, in a clear challenge to Prime Minister […]

Iraqi Political Leader Meet to Discuss Political Impasse

Leaders from Iraq’s top political parties announced on Saturday that a solution was needed to a growing crisis between the Shi’ite led government and the Sunnis and Kurds. The statement was made after a series of meetings between senior Sunni, Kurdish and Shiite politicians who are becoming increasingly frustrated with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (pictured). […]

China’s Iraq Investment

By By Mu Chunshan. Originally published in The Diplomat, and re-produced with permission by Iraq Business News. The visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to China didn’t just fail to grab much international media attention – there was also little coverage in the Chinese media, too. Most Chinese associate Iraq with Saddam Hussein and […]

Iraq Will Ask US troops to Stay Post-2011, says Panetta

Iraq will ask the US to keep troops in the country beyond an end-of-2011 pullout deadline, says outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta (pictured), the nominee to be the next US defence secretary. Speaking at a US Senate committee considering his nomination he said he had "every confidence that a request like that will be forthcoming", […]

Maliki Begins Another 100 Days

As Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's 100-day deadline passed this week, no ministerial heads have rolled; the delicate power balance in cabinet would not have allowed it. While it's true that any dismissals from cabinet should take account of the scale of Iraq's challenges, and the fact that it would have taken much longer than 100 […]

100 Days: Maliki’s Frustrations and Unrealistic Dreams

The following article was published on Tuesday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Maliki Backs Off 100-Day Threat

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has backed down from a threat to fire poorly-performing cabinet ministers, a move which potentially opens the door to renewed popular protests in the country this summer, according to Al Jazeera. On February 27, Maliki gave his cabinet a 100-day deadline to improve basic services after a string of anti-government […]

Trade Bank of Iraq Under Investigation

Iraq's prime minister ordered a judicial investigation on Thursday into one of the country's biggest banks, the Trade Bank of Iraq, saying it was suspected of committing "violations", according to a report from Reuters. The bank's president and chairman, Hussein Al-Uzri, could not be reached for comment. A British adviser to the bank's board, Sir […]

Has al-Maliki Painted Himself into a Corner?

Ninety-five days ago, Nouri al-Maliki set himself, or more specifically, his ministers, a target: They had 100 days to improve public services and root out corruption. Since then, progress has been made in important areas such as the provision of electricity, but many of these projects will take time to implement. In the meantime, protests […]