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Iraq parliament swears in new members after walkout of 73

Jun. 23, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Parliament swore in dozens of new lawmakers on Thursday, replacing 73 legislators loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shiite factions in the assembly. The 73 had resigned collectively earlier this...

Iraqi leaders vow to move ahead after dozens quit parliament

Jun. 13, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi leaders vowed Monday to move forward with efforts to form a government following the shocking resignation of 73 lawmakers from parliament during a prolonged political impasse. But the unprecedented mass withdrawal by members of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada...

Lawmakers from Iraq's biggest bloc resign amid impasse

Jun. 12, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of lawmakers who make up the biggest bloc in Iraq's parliament resigned on Sunday amid a prolonged political impasse, plunging the divided nation into political uncertainty. The 73 lawmakers from powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc submitted their...

No way out as Iraq's dangerous post-election impasse deepens

Jun. 09, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Eight months after national elections, Iraq still doesn’t have a government and there seems to be no clear way out of the dangerous deadlock. Political elites are embroiled in cutthroat competition for power, even as the country faces growing challenges, including...

Iraqi lawmakers pass bill criminalizing any ties with Israel

May. 26, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill criminalizing normalization of ties and any relations, including business ties, with Israel. The legislation says that violation of the law is punishable with the death sentence or life imprisonment. The law was approved...

UN envoy warns that Iraq's `streets are about to boil over'

May. 17, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Iraq warned its political leaders Tuesday that “the streets are about to boil over” because of their deadlock and failure to address a host of issues, including the suffering of ordinary people and armed groups firing rockets with impunity. ...