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Legality and Constitutionality Questions in Iraq’s Reform PushReidar Visser

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:50:53 +0000

A few quick points regarding the sudden reform push by Iraq prime minister Haydar al-Abadi, representing the first significant constitutional developments during a term so far characterised above all by the war against ISIS. -Proper legal procedure was not followed when the vice presidents were voted out of office by parliament on 11 August: According […]

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Towards a Theory of a Rule of Law SocietyReidar Visser

Sun, 17 May 2015 11:07:03 +0000

After having suffered in silence for many years now, I wanted to write up some general and academic thoughts on the extrajudicial punishment operation that I have been exposed to since 2011. In the most general terms possible, my diagnosis of so-called modern Western civilization following years of harassment is that we do not have […]

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The Federalism Dimension in Yemen’s Draft ConstitutionReidar Visser

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:40:07 +0000

After having been leaked for several weeks, a draft proposal for Yemen’s new constitution has finally been officially published online. Among other things, it offers insights into the ongoing struggle about what state structure Yemen should have in the future, with important parallels to similar processes in Iraq and Libya.  The draft constitution defines Yemen […]

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Federalism and Decentralization in Libya’s Constitutional ProposalsReidar Visser

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 13:48:15 +0000

Followers of Iraqi politics in the post-2003 period and the ongoing debate about federalism will likely see parallels to the way the concept of federalism has made its way into two other ongoing transitional processes in the Middle Eastern region: Those of Yemen and Libya. Whereas the political complexities of those transitions are too immense […]

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Groundbreaking Iraq Supreme Court Ruling on the Law on MP ReplacementReidar Visser100-2011b

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:55:56 +0000

Today, the Iraqi federal supreme court issued a press release indicating the court has changed its interpretation of the principles relating to vacant seats and replacement issues in the Iraqi parliament. The ruling itself is not yet available on the supreme court website, but there is sufficient detail in the press release to gain an […]

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After the Rise of ISIS, Will Iraq’s Shiites Secede?Reidar Visser

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:11:45 +0000

As Iraqi Shiites celebrate the holy month of Muharram and its key holiday of Ashura (4 November), it can be argued that radical sectarian mobilization among them has risen to a level unprecedented in modern Iraqi history since 1927, when a series of episodes prompted calls among the Shiites of Iraq to form their own […]

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Additional Ministers Approved for the Iraq CabinetReidar Visser

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:01 +0000

After a month of wrangling and indecision that extended into the Eid al-Adha holiday, new Iraq Prime Minister Haydar al-Abbadi today succeeded in winning approval for new ministers in his government, including most importantly ministers for defence and interior. It makes sense to start with the choice of ministers for interior and defence. These important […]

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The Controversial Kurdish Ministers in the New Iraqi CabinetReidar Visser

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:07:25 +0000

Iraqi news reports and public controversy regarding the Kurdish ministers in the new Iraqi government of Haydar al-Abbadi that was seated last September have brought to the fore some of the key issues in Iraqi political culture and behavior in the post-2003 period. In several Kurdish statements, as well as in press reports that uncritically […]

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The Iraqi Parliament Fails to Approve New Security MinistersReidar Visser

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:35:26 +0000

New Iraq PM Haydar al-Abbadi kept his promise to present ministerial candidates for portfolios not included in the recent vote on his new cabinet, but the Iraqi parliament proved uncooperative. As a result, only one minister, for water management, was approved in today’s session. Crucially, all key security ministries remain vacant. The most contentious nominations related […]

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The Iraqi Parliament Approves the Abbadi CabinetReidar Visser

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:40:16 +0000

The new Iraqi cabinet headed by Haydar al-Abbadi has been approved by the Iraqi parliament. Abbadi has 3 deputies and 23 ministers, with some portfolios still not named. The programme of the new cabinet, approved by 177 votes, is very general. Still, it goes further than past governments in terms of underlining the need for […]

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