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HAIDER AL-ABADI

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi PM Abadi on elections, corruption and Kurdistan

Monday, 29 January 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has insisted that the general elections will go ahead as planned, calling it a “constitutional commitment” that should be fulfilled. Abadi, speaking on the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for May, “regardless of the results, our goal is to form a professional team” away from the quota system, which defines the ethnic representation in the Iraqi governance system. In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya’s General ...

ANALYSIS: What next for Iraq’s Abadi after his ‘victory’ alliance collapses?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The “Victory Alliance”, which brought together Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias did not last for more than 48 hours. The “victorious” coalition was on the verge of disintegration, putting Abadi in a difficult position. Now, Abadi, a member of the Islamic Dawa Party, is trying to find new Shiite allies. Abadi’s Sunni allies do not form a popular base in their liberated areas that can help him get enough votes to ...

Sadr: Iraq PM’s alliance with mobilization militias abhorrent

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The leader of the Sadrist movement political party, Muqtada al-Sadr, criticized the new electoral alliance of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with the Iranian backed Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias. Sadr, one of the most influential religious and popular figures in Iraq, issued a statement issued on Sunday describing the alliance as “an abhorrent political agreement.” He also expressed his deep surprise at the inclusion of the PMU militias calling them an ...

Iraq elections: Abadi, Maliki to run on different lists

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Vice President Nouri al-Maliki are set to participate in the upcoming Iraqi general elections on two different lists after a reported meeting between the two on Saturday.A statement read that Abadi will form a coalition for the elections called Nasr and Islah, meaning Victory and Reform in Arabic, while Maliki will head a coalition under the title “State of Law”.RELATED: Will Iraq’s upcoming elections be dead on arrival?Iraqi laws do not ...

Iraq forces open new front in final push against ISIS

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Iraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert on Saturday, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out fugitive ISIS group fighters, a commander told AFP. ISIS has already been driven from all the towns it once held, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said he will not proclaim victory until the militants have been cleared from the western desert bordering Syria. Troops and paramilitaries had advanced into the desert from the east and north on Thursday at the start ...

Iraqi PM Abadi: We will continue to fight ISIS, even within Syrian territory

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that he has ordered armed forces to fight against ISIS, even from within Syrian territory. In a statement on Tuesday, Abadi also said that there are joint efforts with neighboring countries to Iraq to protect the borders from any threat ISIS may pose. The prime minister also warned various forces against harming federal forces or citizens in Kurdistan, Kirkuk and disputed areas. If "disobeyed," consequences will be harsh no matter the ...

Iraq dismisses US call for Iranian-backed militias to ‘go home’

Monday, 23 October 2017

The Iraqi government has dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat ISIS to end operations in Iraq. Speaking after a meeting on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Tillerson said it was time for the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias and their Iranian advisers to “go home”. Washington, which backed Baghdad against ISIS, is concerned Iran will ...

Saudi crown prince discusses anti-terror fight with Iraq PM

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the latest efforts in the fight against terrorism in the region.During the meeting, both reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of developing them in various fields, in addition to the latest developments in the region, including joint efforts in combating terrorism.

King Salman receives Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the first meeting of a Saudi-Iraqi coordination council. At King Khalid International Airport, Abadi was received by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet Dr. Massed bin Mohammed Al-Ayban, the accompanying minister to visiting prime minister, Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, who is also the ...

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity of Iraq and its security and stability and the adherence of all parties to the Iraqi constitution. King Salman renewed the kingdom’s call on all parties to exercise restraint and deal with the crisis through dialogue to spare Iraq more internal conflicts. For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister praised the ...

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