Middle East Economic Survey


No 19


Political Comment (10 May 2010)

The announcement of a political alliance between Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law bloc and the Shi'a Iraqi National Alliance could mean that the largest coalition in parliament, Ayad 'Allawi's secular Iraqiya slate, will be excluded from government - if the deal proves durable. The Americans may finally have succeeded in coaxing the Palestinians and Israelis into resuming negotiations, if...