Category: Kirk H. Sowell

Kirk H. Sowell

So after a long delay, today [Monday] Iraqi President…signs the 2019 budget into law. The delay was due to parliament … Read More

Kirk H. Sowell

So another parliament session with cabinet votes not on the schedule. The deadlock continues.… Read More



Kirk H. Sowell

So today may be a big day in #Iraq politics, with parliament scheduled to meet…with completing the cabinet of PM … Read More

Kirk H. Sowell

#UPDATE: The Iraqi parliament is set to meet today, but confirmation of nominations to complete Abd al-Mahdi’s cabinet (8 ministries … Read More



Kirk H. Sowell

So we are now ten days into the new #Iraq govt of Adil Abd al-Mahdi, and it isn’t going well … Read More

Kirk H. Sowell

So it is now officially over for Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi’s reelection. This press conference last night was a … Read More



Kirk H. Sowell

Abadi’s prospects have been dimming ever since the disappointing election result in May, and whatever chances he still had last … Read More

Kirk H. Sowell

Not an explicit withdrawal, but Abadi appears to preparing the way for a face-saving end to his reelection campaign, framing … Read More



Kirk H. Sowell

Abadi’s statement that Iraq now needs $75 brent ($67 Iraqi oil) to cover operational costs – I quote it here … Read More