'Old faces, new names': The disingenuous promise of early elections in Iraq

Iraqi citizens and their government have been facing off since October 2019, when protesters demanded ‘Isqat al Nezam’ – wholesale regime change. Around this demand a protest movement crystallised, forcing then-prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to resign. His successor, ex-intelligence chief, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, is seeking a truce, promising early elections scheduled for October 2021 in the hope of quenching protesters’ demands. Kadhimi’s promise reads as an admission that the system under his rule is “bent, but not broken,” vowing to rescue a structure caving under the weight of 15 years of in…

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