Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM: APRIL 7 – 14, 2022

Key Takeaways: Conflict Emerges Over KRI Election Law; No Signs Of Breakthrough In KRG-Baghdad Oil Talks; Fringe Religious Movement Faces Crackdown – On April 11, the New Generation opposition party called on the international community to help ensure the Kurdistan region holds free and fair elections. The appeal comes amid… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 24 – 31, 2022

Key Takeaways: Deadlock Prevents Parliament From Electing A President; Parliament Discusses Controversial Spending Bill; Rioters Attack KDP Office In Baghdad – On March 26 and 30, Parliament failed twice to elect a new president as political deadlock between the trilateral alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr and his rivals in the… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Sadr Asks Independents To Help Break Deadlock; Sadr-Led Alliance Endorses KDP Presidential Candidate, Picks Jaafar Al-Sadr For PM; Other Shia Parties To Boycott Key Meeting On March 26 – On March 21, Muqtada al-Sadr reached out to independent lawmakers, asking them to help achieve quorum at an upcoming… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Baghdad And Erbil Condemn Iranian Missile Attack While Militias Applaud It; Parliament To Meet On March 26 To Elect A New President – On March 13, the Iraqi government called the Sunday Iranian missile attack on Erbil an “aggression…and a violation of international laws and norms,” and demanded… Read more

ISHM: MARCH 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Solicits New Presidential Candidates; Oil Ministry Wants Lawmaker Arrested; Top Court Summons Finance Minister Over Dinar Devaluation; Lawmaker’s Guards Shoot Prominent Activist – On March 5, Iraq’s Parliament voted to begin accepting new candidacy statements from individuals seeking to run for the office of president of Iraq.… Read more


Key Takeaways: KRG Says Top Court Must Be Reformed; Parliament Removes Oil Minister From INOC; Top Court Rules Against Accepting New Presidential Candidates, Revokes Cabinet Order To Form Anti-Corruption Committee – On February 28, the heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in the Kurdistan region denounced the February… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 17 – 24, 2022

Key Takeaways: Finance Minister Resists Sadr’s Power Play; Maliki Assembles New Bloc; Halbousi’s Party Pleads For Help Amid “Siege”; Top Court Says Minority Representation Is Unfair – On February 17, Deputy Speaker Hakim al-Zamili summoned Finance Minister Ali Allawi and Central Bank of Iraq governor, Mustafa Ghalib, citing “instruction” from… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 10 – 17, 2022

Key Takeaways: Emtidad Party Faces New Defections; KDP Presents New Presidential Candidate; Judiciary Chief Calls For Constitutional Amendments; Top Court Says KRG Oil Law Unconstitutional – On February 13, a group of 17 members of the Emtidad Movement in Babylon announced their withdrawal from the protest-supported party citing leadership’s failure… Read more

ISHM: FEBRUARY 3 – 10, 2022

Key Takeaways: Parliament Fails To Elect New President After Top Court Blocks Key Candidate – On February 7, Iraq’s Parliament failed to elect a new president for the country after the awaited session did not meet quorum requirements, with only 58 out of 329 lawmakers attending. Key parliamentary blocs, the… Read more