With the right announcements the markets would react positively, support the government in seeking growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Jubilant Iraqis celebrated a football win against Iran as a desperately needed morale boost for protesters who have rallied against the Baghdad government.
Iraq's football federation said it was investigating whether national team players snuck out of their hotel to party at a nightclub during the Asian Cup.
Ayman Hussein's first-half header gave Iraq victory over United Arab Emirates, ending their slim hopes of reaching next year's World Cup in Russia.
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan says the Iraqi soccer federation has pledged to vote for him.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has approved an investigative commission's recommendation that commanders face military justice and probable trial for withdrawing from Ramadi without orders.
For Iraqis opposed to the Baghdad government and its sponsor Tehran, there is even more than football at stake when Iraq faces Iran in a World Cup qualifier.
Iraq's national football team is set to travel to its first-ever visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank where it will face off against the Palestinian national squad.
There was no separating Iraq and Denmark as they played to an entertaining goalless draw in the opening men's football match at the 2016 Olympics.
Iraq has called on Turkey to immediately withdrawal Turkish troops operating in the country's north, saying the deployment was a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
Iraq have been cleared to take their place in the Asian Cup quarter-final against South Korea after a protest was turned down.
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