The Iraqi President ratified the budget for 2019 earlier this week, ushering in Iraq’s largest ever budget. While criticised by some onlookers, the budget is viewed as a springboard for further reforms in 2020.
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad has raised expectations and hopes for Iraqi minorities, and Yazidis in particular, to prevent suppression against them and to win their rights.
After the Iraqi Supreme Court approved the results of the 2018 Iraq elections, negotiations to form the largest bloc in parliament are still ongoing amongst the parties with significant seats. The new parliament must convene by September 3rd.
A group of Iraqi war correspondents and journalists who covered the battles against ISIS formed their own association, the National Military Information Association, to defend their rights, which they said were being neglected.