Winning the Gulf Cup, changing the exchange rate, and dismissing Al-Halbousi... a list of the most prominent events in Iraq in 2023[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad today - Baghdad
The year 2023 was an exceptional year, in which prominent events varied between sports, economic, political, and security, and despite the surprises and abnormal events, the year was relatively calm and these surprises did not lead to any major political crises.
In this mini report, Baghdad Today Agency reviews a list of the 12 most prominent events that Iraq witnessed during the current year:
In January of this year, Iraq won the Gulf Cup for the fourth time in its history, after defeating its Omani counterpart by three goals to two, in a confrontation held on the grounds of Basra International Stadium.
In February, the Central Bank of Iraq, in coordination with the Iraqi government, decided to raise the value of the Iraqi dinar against the dollar from 1,460 to 1,320 dinars per dollar, as part of attempts to alleviate the crisis of the high dollar exchange rates in the parallel market and its impact on citizens on inflation and market prices.
In March, the export of Iraqi oil from the Kurdistan Region and Kirkuk through the Turkish port of Ceyhan was stopped, after the Paris Chamber of Commerce Court issued a ruling in favor of Iraq, in the lawsuit filed years ago against Turkey, for allowing the export of Kurdistan Region’s oil without coordination with Baghdad.
In April, Nineveh Governorate witnessed the holding of the Spring Festival in Mosul after a 20-year hiatus, and the forum witnessed exceptional scenes and paradoxes.
In May, the Federal Supreme Court issued a decision unconstitutional to extend the work of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament and decided to dissolve the parliament.
In June, Iraq witnessed widespread uproar, demonstrations, religious and political stances, and the storming of the Swedish embassy after Iraqi Silwan Mumika burned a copy of the Qur’an in Sweden.
In July, social networking sites and security and political circles were abuzz with an incident of two women assaulting a traffic policeman in the Al-Harithiya area in Baghdad, while information indicated that the two women were related to State of Law representative Bahaa Al-Nouri, which prompted the State of Law bloc to expel Representative Bahaa Al-Nouri.
In August, the media and political circles were abuzz with an American build-up on the Iraqi-Syrian border, and many speculations and warnings were circulated, and while the American side said that what was happening were normal measures to replace forces, Iranian and Syrian information indicated that these movements aimed to cut off The road between Iran and Syria is via Iraq.
In September, events broke out in the vicinity of the advanced headquarters for joint operations in Kirkuk, which led to 4 casualties and 16 wounded as a result of clashes and gunfire due to the tension of events in the vicinity of the advanced headquarters for joint operations in Kirkuk, which was occupied by the Kurdistan Democratic Party before the events of Kirkuk in 2017, as the agreement pushed The policy that was calling for the headquarters to be returned to the Kurdistan Democratic Party led to the Arabs of Kirkuk province going out with sit-ins in front of the headquarters in refusal to hand it over, before the events became tense.
In October, scenes of the bombing of American headquarters and bases by “resistance factions” resumed, more than a year after these scenes stopped. The decision to re-target came against the backdrop of the events in Gaza and the American side’s declaration of support and support for the Zionist entity in the genocide in Gaza.
In November, the Federal Supreme Court decided to terminate Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi’s membership in the House of Representatives, against the backdrop of a lawsuit filed by former MP Laith Al-Dulaimi, accusing Al-Halbousi of forging Al-Dulaimi’s resignation and forcing him to sign a white paper.
On December 18, it is hoped that provincial council elections will be held for the first time in 10 years, as they were last held in 2013.