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Parliament Publishes Full List of Absent Deputies

By Reidar Visser. The following article was published 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. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Iraq Govt to Shut Down for Much of the Summer

Iraq’s government may soon shut down for much of the summer, says an article from Associated Press. A proposed law aims to shorten workdays and help public employees avoid soaring temperatures. It will also cut work hours during Ramadan, which this year begins on 20th July, but the law would for the first time legalise […]


Books for the Beach

As Reidar Visser reported this week, the Iraqi parliament is taking a six-week break, not re-assembling until 20th November. How they spend their time will vary, of course, and I’m sure that some will be much busier than others. But for those who will be taking the opportunity for some constructive leisure time, a good […]


Key Bills Moving Through the Iraqi Parliament

The following article was written by Kirk H Sowell, and published in Inside Iraqi Politics. It is reproduced here with permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Parliament currently lists 79 bills registered for consideration with a committee (list) but not yet […]

Iraqi MPs Fined for Absenteeism

The Iraqi parliament has announced that it has cut some 26 million Iraqi Dinars (about US$22,000) from the remuneration of MPs who did not attend sessions last month, and said that more will be cut this month. The monthly salary of each Iraqi MP is 13.5 million Iraqi Dinars (about US$11,200) and they receive an […]


Scandal of Iraq’s Politicians: Overpaid and Underperforming

According to a report from Associated Press, Iraq’s 325 members of parliament have collected their $90,000 stipends, are claiming $22,500 a month in salaries and allowances, and are spending free nights in Baghdad’s finest hotel. That’s what they get for attending the only session of parliament since the March elections, a session that lasted about […]