Iraq Is One Step Closer to Forming a New Government

Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq, Nov. 18, 2021 (AP photo by Anmar Khalil).
Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq, Nov. 18, 2021 (AP photo by Anmar Khalil).

Negotiations to form a new government in Iraq have entered a final, decisive phase, with the process shaping up to be a dispiriting contest among several factions that unfortunately share broadly similar authoritarian characteristics. The disputes over power-sharing arrangements and government positions are complicated, and the final lineup is still taking shape. But underlying the post-election jockeying for power, which ultimately determines the makeup of Iraq’s central government much more than the actual election results do, are three more fundamental questions about the future of Iraqi politics. First, will Iraq continue to divide government positions among all of the country’s factions and […]

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