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A Monumental Task Awaits Iraq’s New Government

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
May 15, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi makes a speech in Baghdad on May 6, 2020. The following day, Iraq's parliament granted a vote of confidence to al-Kadhimi’s new government and swore in a majority of his 22 ministers.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi makes a speech in Baghdad on May 6, 2020. The following day, Iraq's parliament granted a vote of confidence to al-Kadhimi’s new government and swore in a majority of his 22 ministers.

(Iraqi Parliament/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

As pandemic-induced oil price shocks rob Baghdad of its primary revenue source, the success of Prime Minister al-Kadhimi’s new government will hinge on avoiding the further deterioration of the country’s economic and political stability. ...

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