Iraq: coalition building

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May elections certified after recount. Serious coalition building begins, with a push from the US. Relations with Iran complicated by US sanctions.

Iraq: still no government

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Attempts continue to form a government following the 12 May elections in Iraq. Corruption allegations. Protests in the Shia south. The problem of the Hashd al-Sha’bi.

Erdoğan

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resets Turkish government, with power moving to the executive presidency. Activity at home and abroad. Turkey ” great and strong” but can he get what he wants from Trump? EU and others react cautiously.