Iraq’s New Electoral Law: Old Powers Adapting to Change

Author
Omar Al-Jaffal
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
Abstract
In December 2019, the Iraqi parliament approved a new electoral law following demonstrations calling for fundamental political change. However, it took over 11 months for the president to ratify it as Iraq’s political parties fought over the shape of electoral districts. This article examines the disputes that surrounded the adoption of the law and the compromises that led to diluting its potential for reform. It concludes that while the new law represents a small step in the right direction, it ultimately is insufficient to respond to the aspirations of protestors looking for an overhaul of their political representation.
Topic
Reform, Elections, Democracy, Transition
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East