Iraq’s Political Crisis


Baneen Saedi, Fine Arts Scout

Iraq has failed to have a government ever since the October 2021  elections. But why have they been struggling to have a successful government? This has been the longest time Iraq hasn’t had a government. On August 24  this became a very big problem in Baghdad, Iraq. People in Baghdad decided to choose violence, protesting with at least 24 reported deaths and 200 people injured in this rebellion. People who aren’t in this rebellion are scared to leave their homes because they don’t know if they might get hurt or killed in this protest.

Muqtada al-Sadr is the reason why people are protesting and enraged. Muqtada al-Sadr is an Iraqi politician and militia leader. He is running a Sadrist Movement which is widely supported across Iraqi society and most Shia poor communities. He also runs  Peace Companies an Iraqi armed group linked to Iraq’s Shia community.

When Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he was quitting Iraqi politics you can see why this might be a very big deal for the Shia community. This caused supporters of Muqurada al-Sadr to protest because he wanted to leave Iraqi politics. The protesters charged the government headquarters. Muqtada al-Sadr was upset that other Shia leaders didn’t want to take his place. This isn’t Muqtada al-Sadr’s first time quitting Iraqi politics and coming back.