The Political Situation in Iraq in Light of Mass Protests

Author
Sara Nowacka
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
In October, mass protests over poor living conditions and Iran’s influence on the country’s internal policy erupted in Iraq. Brutal attempts to quell the demonstrations led to the escalation of violence. On 30 November, Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi resigned, which was one of the demands of the demonstrators supported by the prominent Shiite spiritual leader in Iraq Ali al-Sistani. The PM’s resignation, the proposal of reforms put forward by the president of Iraq, and the UN plan to stabilise the country backed by Sistani indicate the possibility of abolishing the model of consensual democracy prevailing in Iraq.
Topic
Corruption, Politics, Elections, Protests
Political Geography
Iraq, Iran, Middle East