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Iraq has new Defence and Interior Ministers

Iraq’s parliament has approved two new ministerial posts. Erfan al-Hiyali, a Sunni Muslim, is the country’s new Minister of Defence whilst Qasim al-Araji, a Shi’ite, is the new Minister of […]

FinMin dismissed by Parliament

Iraq’s Finance Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has been voted out of office by the country’s parliament. Out of 249 parliamentarians present 158 voted to remove the finance minister for alleged corruption […]

Defence Minister impeached

Iraq’s Defence Minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, has been impeached by the country’s parliament. The vote, which took place yesterday follows questioning earlier this month over corruption allegations. The vote was won […]

Parliament approves five new Ministers

Iraq’s parliament has approved five of six nominees presented to them earlier this week. The minister of trade nominee was rejected. However, the appointment of the five ministers is some […]

Six ministers resign

The long running saga of producing a new Cabinet intensified yesterday when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accepted the resignations of his ministers of oil, transport, housing and construction, water […]

Interior Minister resigns

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq has accepted the resignation of his Minister of Interior Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban. The resignation comes after a bomb planted by ISIL in a busy […]

Trade Minister dismissed

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has dismissed his Minister of Trade Mlas Mohammed Al-Kasanzan after he failed to attend to his duties for more than a month. Last month the minister […]

IMF 2015 Article IV Consultation with Iraq

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Iraq Press Release No. 15/382 August 18, 2015 On July 29, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded […]

Iraqi PM reduces Cabinet from 33 to 22

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Sunday that he was reducing the size of his Cabinet from 33 to 22 members. He has removed some posts altogether as a result […]

PM abolishes VP, DPM and perks

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a statement yesterday in which he has abolished the posts of Vice-President and Deputy Prime Minister as well as a number of other announcements aimed […]

More Ministerial posts approved

The Iraqi Parliament has approved a number of additional Cabinet posts which were either unfilled or are additions to the list agreed on 8th September. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had […]

Obama lays out US strategy to combat ISIL

Yesterday morning President Barack Obama laid out the United States strategy for tackling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He prefaced his remarks by saying that the […]

Parliament approves a unity government – preliminary list

Iraq’s parliament approved a new unity government late yesterday with ministers coming from all three main communities. Haidar al-Abadi was confirmed as Prime Minister and he has three Vice-Presidents, including […]

Nouri al Maliki steps aside for Haider al Abadi

Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has announced his resignation and has announced his support for Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi. The Prime Minister has also withdrawn his complaint against the President […]

Support grows for Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi

The grip of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has visibly weakened in the last twenty-four hours as more and more institutions back the Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi. Iraqi News reports […]

President asks Haider al-Abadi to form new government

In a continuation of the political crisis engulfing Iraq, President Fouad Massoum has decided to side-line incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and has asked Haider al-Abadi to form a new […]

Iraq continues to sink into greater confusion and terror

The situation in Iraq becomes more confused almost by the hour both on the political scene and in the ongoing war in the north and west of the country. Over […]

Fouad Massoum elected President

Iraq’s Parliament has elected Fouad Massoum of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to be their next President. Massoum was first elected and then nominated by the Kurdish faction by […]

Parliament elects a Speaker and two Deputies

Iraq’s new Parliament has succeeded in electing a new Speaker and two Deputies. This is a significant breakthrough in what had been an impasse in parliament over the Prime Ministerial […]

Foreign Minister replaced

A number of news agencies are reporting that Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has replaced his Foreign Minister although we have been unable to verify this so far. The reports suggest […]

Kurds withdraw from government call for Maliki resignation

Yesterday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki enraged Kurdish members of parliament by claiming that ISIL terrorists were using the Kurdistan Region as a safe haven. Iraqi News reports him as saying […]