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 ...

WATCH: Algerian minister breaks into fit of laughter during parliament session

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Algerian Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh broke into a fit of laughter while responding to MP questions during a parliament session this week. A video of Louh at the session, which was broadcasted live by some local television channels, showed the minister reading from a paper in front of him when he suddenly paused and began to laugh, triggering everyone to laugh across the hall. Louh tried to get himself together and apologized to the speaker and the MPs as he couldn’t control his laughter ...

Lebanese expats in Middle East vote in parliamentary elections

Friday, 27 April 2018

Lebanese expats cast ballots in six Arab countries in the region on Friday, ahead of their country’s first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, due on May 6.The voting abroad also marks the first time that Lebanese nationals living overseas are able to cast ballots in early voting. On Friday, balloting is being held in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt and will be followed by voting Sunday for Lebanese residing in 33 countries in the Americas, Europe, ...

Former Egyptian MP’s son commits suicide playing ‘Blue Whale’ game

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Former Egyptian MP Hamdy al-Fakharany’s son was found dead in his room on Monday night where several notes with scribbled handwriting and unknown symbols referring to the infamous Blue Whale game were found, according to his sister. Yasmeen al-Fakharany took to her Facebook account to blame the game for her brother’s death, stating that they found papers with whale drawings among other symbols related to the game. She added that her brother was a religious boy and would not have ...

On deception and lies within the Iraqi parliament

Thursday, 1 February 2018

If we were in a country whose government respects itself and which respects its citizens and looks after them, we would have witnessed a serious uproar following the recent developments related to the upcoming elections in Iraq. What Members of Parliaments revealed after it was decided to prohibit anyone who does not at least have a Bachelor Degree to run for the elections is a serious scandal.It turned out many members of the higher legislative body in the country violate the law day and night. ...

Adnan Hussein

Iraqi parliament fails to agree on new election date

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Iraqi parliament has failed to set a new date for elections and has also postponed its session until Saturday. The session was attended by 200 out of 269 Members of Parliament (MP). As many as 149 MPs agreed to hold a secret vote to specify the election date. However, members belonging to the Iraqi Alliance rejected the result and demanded to recast the vote and to count the votes again. ALSO READ: The significance of new explosions in Baghdad Other MPs said Parliament Speaker Salim ...

Democracy and legislation related to child marriage

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Iraq today has an elected parliament. Ninety years ago, it also had an elected parliament. It is thus one of the oldest countries practicing modern democracy. Theoretically, societies’ awareness is supposed to develop with time. However, this is not always the case. Iraq’s parliamentarians are currently looking into amending personal status law to legislate few matters such as allowing parents to marry off minor girls, as young as nine, and allowing tribes to resort to tribal customs ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Immoral amendments of Iraq’s amnesty law

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The present Iraqi government inherited a huge budget deficit due to the unbridled corruption of former governments and a precipitous fall in oil prices. However, the ongoing but ineffective austerity program could achieve many of its desired results and save hundreds of billions of dinars a year if it simply downsizes the country’s gargantuan judiciary, beginning with the office of the chief justice down to the lowest-ranking court functionary. In fact, we no longer need the judiciary or ...

Adnan Hussein

Iranian MPs under fire for ‘humiliating’ selfies with the EU’s Mogherini

Monday, 7 August 2017

After what seemed to be a “struck by stardom” moment, members of the Iranian parliament are being criticized for their “unusual” behavior with the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, the BBC reported on Sunday. Mogherini was bombarded with MP members who asked to take selfies with her. The diplomat was in Iran for President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration on Saturday. Social media users took to Twitter to reflect their position on the incident. Many ...

Syria pays for ISIS attack in Tehran

Friday, 16 June 2017

What happened was expected, but who would have imagined that the response would be as it came. Terrorist attacks targeted a main institution that is the Parliament Building; it is a symbolic building, the shrine of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. As for the terrorists, they were Iranian citizens. The reaction of a group of Syrians was: “We, the Syrians, have suffered a lot from terrorism, ISIS, al-Assad and the Iranian regime; we stand in solidarity with ...

Huda al-Husseini

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