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Iraq: Prime Minister Abadi’s Evolving Power Base

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington earlier this month set the seal on his first half-year in office, underlining the strong international support he still enjoys and further strengthening his hand in domestic politics. In the early days of his administration, it was easy to characterize Abadi as a puppet or a political lightweight. However, he has made notable achievements in six months. Like his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, Abadi started his premiership in a weak position and will draw power to himself over the course of his tenure.

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