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Iraq Elections

Iraq President Names Deputy Speaker New PM

Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's president on Monday asked Haider al-Abadi, the Shi'ite coalition's nominee for prime minister, to form a government...

What Another Term for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Would Mean for Iraq

Justin Marozzi | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Justin Marozzi

Is Iraq sliding into another dictatorship -- or all-out civil war -- under Nuri al-Maliki?

Iraq Elections: No End to Violence

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

Despite his failure to heal the country's stark sectarian divides, Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is nearly guaranteed a third term at the helm after the latest elections.

Iraq's Embattled PM Wins Election

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki moved closer to winning a third term Monday as his Shiite-dominated political bloc emerged firml...

Iraqi Bill Would Allow Marriage For Girls As Young As 9

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

When Iraqis head to the polls on April 30, they will have the option of voting for a party that endorses a proposed new law that allows marital rape a...

Ahead Of Elections, Iraq's Prime Minister Faces Criticism From All Sides

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wins a third four-year term in parliamentary elections Wednesday, he is likely to rely on a n...

Running the World's Largest Embassy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Beecroft, talks about the challenges for U.S. diplomacy in the country amid continuing violence and political dysfunction.

Biden Celebrates Strengthening Democracy In Iraq

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is applauding Iraq's passage of legislation governing its upcoming election, saying it stre...

Ain't No Party Like A New Iraqi Party

AP | MAZIN YAHYA | Posted 04.12.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — A group of political dissidents created a new Iraqi opposition party Saturday, vowing to act as a check on the government as the prime...

Iraq Parliament Elects Jalal Talabani President, Despite Sunni Walk Out

AP | BARBARA SURK and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's president gave Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the nod to form the next government Thursday after an eight-month deadlock...

Iraq's Top Leaders: A Look At The Proposed Iraqi Government

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) - The long awaited announcement of Iraq's new government set for Monday will be delayed once again over disputes between the parties on h...

Allawi: Still Our Safest Bet in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

As I have been arguing since the spring parliamentary elections, however, that contest's winner -- Iyad Allawi -- is the safest bet for US efforts to stabilize Iraq, a bet that has only become safer since the elections.

A Bad Omen: The Iraqi Elections Impasse

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

What Arab Gulf governments and citizens, Sunnis and Shi'ites alike, want is for an independent Iraq to emerge within the framework of its Arab sister states.

Iraqi PM al-Maliki Says Rivals Who Won Election Can't Form Government

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's prime minister said Thursday his Sunni-backed rivals, who narrowly won the March election, were wasting their time trying to fo...

Iraq's Election Blues

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Washington's surprise at the dubious post-election goings-on in Iraq is more noteworthy than what is causing it. Surprise itself is symptomatic of a misplaced optimism about the country's future.

Supporting Allawi and Stability in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

While Americans want out of Iraq, the stability of the country is far from assured. The best course of action for the U.S. may be to support the outcome of the elections, and the winner, Iyad Allawi.

The Iraqi Vote and its Implications

Amir Madani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amir Madani

The emerging trend of the Iraqi vote suggests moderation and compromise at all levels. But, in spite of some unexpected results, the big issue remains the ethnic and confessional partitioning of the country.

Beirut in Baghdad

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

Initial analysis of the Iraqi elections has been confined to the over-simplistic dichotomy of failure or success. However, there is another direction that Iraqi politics might take -- and for that we should be looking at Beirut in order to understand Baghdad.

Baghdad Suicide Bombings Target Embassies, Kill Dozens

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Suicide attackers detonated three car bombs in quick succession near foreign embassies in Baghdad on Sunday, killing more than 40 peop...

Iraq Election Fallout May Spark New Wave Of Violence

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — For the first time since the 2003 overthrow of their patron, Saddam Hussein, Iraq's Sunni Arabs are on the winning side. But the trium...

Channeling Identity Politics in Iraq

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

As events in Iraq show, leaders can both manipulate identities and be constrained by them.

Iraq To Release Full Results From March 7 Vote

AP / Huffington Post | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Former U.S.-backed prime minister Ayad Allawi and his secular, anti-Iranian coalition narrowly won Iraq's parliamentary elections in f...

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Is Ahmed Chalabi Under Iran's Thumb?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

In the case of Ahmed Chalabi, we saw an unelected power broker, not even a U.S. citizen, exerting enormous influence over our decision to go to war. That he's now said to be influenced by Iran comes as no surprise.

Iraq Elections: Prime Minister 'Fighting For His Political Life'

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The man who has led Iraq for the past four years is battling for his political survival just as U.S. troops are getting ready to pack ...

Iraq Election: Al-Maliki Accuses Election Official Of Fraud

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A secular coalition challenging the Iraqi prime minister in the country's historic parliamentary elections has narrowly pulled ahead f...