Iraq PM Abadi says ready to work with election winners

Monday, 14 May 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Monday for all political blocs to respect the results of his nation’s parliamentary election and said he was ready to work with the winning blocs to form a government free of corruption. “We are ready to work and cooperate in forming the strongest government for Iraq, free of corruption,” Abadi said in a live televised address.Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in ...

IN PICTURES: Iraqis take to the ballot box amid first post-ISIS elections

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first election since defeating ISIS, although voters said they had scant hope their new leaders would stabilize a country beset by conflicts, economic hardship and corruption. Depending on the outcome, the poll could bolster Iran’s role in Iraq and the Middle East. Aside from geopolitics that have deepened sectarian divisions, Iraq faces challenges after a three-year war against ISIS which cost the country about $100 billion. Much of the biggest northern ...

Iraq reopens airspace as elections proceed without incident

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the reopening of the nation’s airspace and resumption of air traffic on Saturday, state television reported. The shutdown had come into effect at midnight on Friday as a security measure ahead of the voting which started on Saturday morning. There was no significant incident reported by midday. ISIS militants, who overran a third of Iraq in 2014, had threatened attacks ahead of the elections, the first since the defeat of the militants last ...

Iraq Elections 2018: Voter turnout at 44.52 percent, says electoral commission

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over ISIS, but the turnout was historically low. The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq’s Sunni minority. Voting on Saturday ended at 6 PM  and the turnout in  was 44.52 percent with 92 percent of the votes counted, the electoral commission said.  No election since 2003 saw turnout ...

Iraq PM takes election campaign to Kurdish capital

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday took his campaign for Iraq’s May 12 elections to the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region, seven months after its ill-fated independence referendum.“Today we are all under the tent of Iraq, and whoever wants separation will be torn apart by hyenas,” he said on arrival at the airport in Erbil where he was greeted by his Iraqi Kurdish counterpart Nechervan Barzani.“Kurdish-Arab brotherhood is permanent and will persist. The ...

Iraq orders air strikes against ISIS militants inside Syria

Thursday, 19 April 2018

 The Iraqi Air Force carried out on Thursday air strikes against ISIS militants based inside Syrian territory, according to a statement from government sources. “On the orders of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, our air force carried out deadly air strikes against terrorist groups in Syria on the borders of Iraq,” the statement said. He said that “the strikes were carried out against militant groups operating in the Syrian territory as they ...

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 ...

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