iraq reforms

U.S., Iran Keep Iraqi PM in Place as He Challenges Ruling Elite

By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, April 5 – The United States and Iran have formed an unlikely tacit alliance behind Iraq’s prime minister as he challenges the ruling elite with plans for a non-political cabinet to fight corruption undermining the OPEC nation’s economic and political stability. Local calls for Haider al-Abadi’s removal —

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Iraqi Cleric Sadr Calls Sit-In, Urges Action Against Corruption

BAGHDAD, March 12 – Iraq’s powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a sit-at the gates of Baghdad’s heavily fortified government district, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised anti-corruption reforms. The protest, that Sadr said would start on Friday, threatened to escalate tensions over a long-awaited economic overhaul in

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Powerful Iraqi Cleric Says Supporters’ Protests Meant to Help Reforms

BAGHDAD, March 7 – Powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday street protests by his supporters demanding the Iraqi government’s resignation were intended to bolster the resolve of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised reforms. Last Friday, in the biggest show of opposition yet to Abadi’s authority, Sadr told around 200,000

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