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Adil Abd al-Mahdi, ex-oil minister, tapped as Iraq prime minister

BAGHDAD – Adil Abd al-Mahdi, Iraq’s former oil minister, was named prime minister designate on Tuesday, hours after Barham Salih, was elected president of Iraq in a political standoff. Their victories give momentum to a government-formation process that had been moving slowly since national elections on May 12. Abd al-Mahdi now has 30 days to… Read More

Dear Baghdad – here’s a lesson in federalism

This week Iraqi Kurdistan held a parliamentary election. The emerging result is similar to what Kurdish parties gathered in the Iraqi national election last spring, with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) winning the most votes, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) coming in a distant second – due to party infighting – and splinter parties… Read More

Iraq may soon be Without a Government

The term of Iraq’s current parliament ends June 30, but a mandated manual recount of votes cast in the May 12 election hasn’t even begun, and disputes are deepening among some political blocs. This could create a constitutional vacuum, which would worsen an already-bad situation. Parliament was slated to meet June 27 to vote on a bill to extend its term until… Read More