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Iran looms large over Iraqi PM’s reform agenda

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s government is seeking a fast start amid uncertainty in Iran. 
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani  addresses Middle East Research Institute Workshop on ‘Iraq’s Immediate Priorities’ in Baghdad, Dec.  7, 2022.

BAGHDAD — When Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani speaks about battling corruption, implementing long overdue economic reforms or getting an elusive oil law done with the Kurdistan Region, you get the sense that he means it.

Sudani, 52, is a former human rights minister and mayor of Maysan province. When he was 10 years old, Saddam Hussein’s regime killed his father and other family members for being affiliated with the opposition Shiite Dawa Party. Sudani never went into exile under Saddam and participated in the 1991 anti-regime protests following the Gulf war.

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