Year: 2024

ISHM: May 16 – 23, 2024

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect New Speaker; 2024 Budget Includes IQD 11 Trillion In New Spending; Judiciary Partially Restores Minority Quota Seats In Kurdistan Parliament – On May 18, Iraq’s parliament met to elect a new speaker to replace Mohammed al-Halbousi, who was ousted by Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court… Read more

ISHM: May 9 – 16, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Calls For Ending UNAMI’s Work; Halbousi’s Party Endorses New Candidate For Speaker; PUK Wins Appeal Against Suspension Of Election Preparations – On May 10, news sources published a letter from PM Mohammed al-Sudani to the U.N. Secretary-General asking to end the work of the U.N. assistance mission… Read more

ISHM: April 18 – May 2, 2024

Key Takeaways: Iraq, Turkey Sign Two Dozen Agreements During Erdogan’s Visit; Kurdistan Election Preparations Reportedly Put On Hold – On April 22, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Baghdad on his first official visit since 2011. Erdogan’s talks with Iraqi leaders focused on the key issues of border security… Read more

ISHM: April 11 – 18, 2024

Key Takeaways: Sudani Makes His First White House Visit; Threats Complicate Diyala Governor Election; Leading Candidate For Speaker Position Withdraws From Race – On April 15, President Biden hosted PM Sudani at the Oval Office for talks about the future of U.S.-Iraq relations. With regard to energy, Biden affirmed support… Read more

ISHM: March 28 – April 4, 2024

Key Takeaways: Candidate Registration For Kurdistan Election Ends; Finance Ministry To Release Delayed Salaries For Kurdistan Region’s Civil Servants – On April 1, Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission confirmed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which said it was boycotting regional legislative elections in June, had not presented its lists of… Read more

ISHM: March 14 – 21, 2024

Key Takeaways: Salah Ad-Din Elects New Governor; KDP To Boycott The Kurdistan Region’s Parliamentary Election – On March 17, the provincial council of Salah ad-Din province voted to elect Badr al-Fahal as governor, replacing former governor-elect Ahmed al-Jubouri, who stepped down on February 25 after his confirmation was blocked by… Read more

ISHM: March 7 – 14, 2024

Key Takeaways: Minority Parties To Boycott Kurdistan Election; Kurdish Judge Steps Down From Iraq’s Top Court; Court Decision Expands Internet Censorship – On March 11, several Iraqi Christian and Turkmen political parties in the Kurdistan region said they will boycott the next regional legislative elections in June to protest the… Read more