Iraq's demonstrations are largely justified and entirely expected as the removal of the problems of sectarianism and insurgency have left the deep structural problems of Iraq’s government and its political economy exposed.
Nechirvan Barzani has been sworn in as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in an inauguration ceremony that took place in the Kurdistan region’s capital, Erbil. Kurdish leaders said that the move would further cement the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Jordan is on a mission to rejuvenate trade with its neighbour, Iraq, as regional competitors scramble for footholds in the country. However, Jordanian officials have voiced their concerns about competitiveness within the export sector.
The Iraqi Central Government has begun implementing its order to remove customs checkpoints between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other Iraqi cities. Baghdad has also added that no taxes are to be levied on the goods on their way to central and southern Iraq.