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Video: Lack of Changes, amid Corruption Blame Game

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis say little has changed since the Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced a set of sweeping changes last month. It came after massive protests over government corruption and a lack of infrastructure. Now […]

Abadi to Open Green Zone to Public

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (pictured) has ordered security forces to prepare to open Baghdad's Green Zone to the public. The heavily fortified area, a virtual 'city within a city', is home to many embassies, including that of the United States. Al-Abadi has also ordered officials to re-open streets in other cities that […]

Corruption Inside Out: Misjudgment of the Iraqi People

By Dr Layth Mahdi. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Prior to 2003 Iraq was a proud civilization that did not lack in nationalism. A country with roots that stemmed from “Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria and Chaldeans”. They introduced the world to […]

PM Cuts Security for Top Officials; 20,000 Redeployed

By John Lee. In the latest move to curb corruption and streamline the government, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered a reduction of up to 90 percent in the number of security personnel allocated to protecting top government officials. More than 20,000 guards, costing an estimated 250 billion Iraqi dinars ($215 million) annually, will […]

Will Abadi's Reforms work?

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi parliament voted Aug. 11 to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri’s economic, political and administrative reform measures in response to the demands of the Iraqi street. These measures […]

Abadi Slashes Cabinet Positions

By John Lee. As part of his recently-announced reform programme, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the immediate reduction in the number of ministers from 33 to 22: In a statement on Sunday, the Prime Minister said that he has: Abolished the posts of Deputy Prime Minister. Abolished the following ministerial positions: Ministry of Human […]

Anbar Governor Sacks all Aides

By John Lee. The Governor of Anbar province, Sohaib al-Rawi [Suhaib al-Rawi] (pictured), has said he is dismissing all of his aides and advisers, as well as district managers who had been in their posts for more than four years or had performed poorly, according to a report from Reuters. The move is seen as part […]

Abadi's Reforms Welcome, but Vigilance Needed

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Dramatic moves this week by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to tackle corruption and bureaucracy have been widely welcomed, both within Iraq and internationally. Abolishing senior positions such as those of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister -- there were three of each -- scrapping sectarian and party quotas for state positions, and […]