On Thursday, Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi in Baghdad. This is Barzani's first visit to Baghdad in two years, signaling an improvement in the Baghdad-Erbil relations.
A significant step has been taken in forming the new government in Iraq, with long anticipated ministerial appointments finally established. The legislature voted to confirm 14 of Abd al-Mahdi's 22 cabinet nominees, enabling him to convene his government.
A long list of difficult files awaits the new Iraqi government, whose birth seems challenging. An example of these complex problems is the deterioration of the water crisis after Turkey began operating the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River, which is now shyly flowing in Baghdad.
The parliamentary election which was held on the 12th of May 2018, brought many new faces to the forefront of Iraqi politics. In the province of Nineveh, which was recently liberated, the new candidates might affect the Iraqi political arena.