From deadlock to deadline: Iraq’s new government faces pressure to reform

Author
James Aird
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
Volume
7
Issue Number
0
Publication Date
2018
Institution
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Abstract
Five months after Iraq’s May 2018 parliamentary elections, rival political blocs have broken deadlock and are set to form a new government. On October 2nd, the Iraqi parliament selected Barham Salih, a career politician from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), for the Iraqi presidency. Shortly after his election, Salih named Adil Abdul Mahdi, Iraq’s former oil minister, as prime minister. Iraqis and international observers applauded the selection of these politicians who have eschewed sectarian rhetoric as a victory for political compromise, but Salih and Abdul Mahdi face the challenge of answering popular calls for government reform after a summer marked by violent protests.
Topic
Energy Policy, Politics, Water, Elections, Employment, Protests, State
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East