Iraq Attempts Fiscal Correction Amid Political Vacuum

After returning to Iraq from his UN speech in New York, Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi on 3 October gave one of the strongest press conferences of his 13-month premiership. He energetically attacked the record of his predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki, without mentioning him by name, saying while in years past Iraq had huge revenues from oil exports, they were wasted, leaving the government without any money.

Mr ‘Abadi...