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Iraq: When It's Time To Move On

Sunday, May 12, 2018, marked Iraq's first parliamentary elections since the defeat of ISIS. In a country affected by several wars and in thirst for national identity, voting becomes a first step forward. Iraq is already inspiring: a powerful and strong civilization shared by various religious entities, despite a bitter history. 

 

The preliminary results seemed to have disappointed the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Indeed, Moqtada al-Sadr is was elected following his engagement with civil society, including women and communists by his side.  

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr/AFP, Getty Images

 

The communist party in Iraq is the most abundant in the Middle East. Iraqis are not motivated to see the same faces on the rule and have succeeded in their call for change. It is clear that the left wing won by advocating for priorities such as the fight against corruption, which currently paralyzes the country's public institutions and which prevents any potential evolution. It's frequent to witness uncontrolled corruption in the Middle East entrenched in the aim to succeed in elections.

 

Iraq's 2018 parliamentary elections prove that nation-building still faces some weaknesses and can disappoint those who'd rather turn towards outsiders. Although Shiites appear to be the left wing of Islam, from the United States point of view, this victory could be a nightmare as it gathers what the superpower has been fighting been fearing for the last three decades. 

 A Kurd shows his finger after voting/AFP

 

Moreover, the high number of abstention is alerting on a regional and international scale, which is quite pitiful in a globalized world. Regardless of the country itself, politics should contribute to change. Otherwise, some would keep referring to violence to express their need for this change. Iraq rises again from its own past but the path forward is still confusing in a region where politics and religion are interdependent.

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