Give me context… For months, protesters in Iraq have been clashing with security forces over a variety of issues. At least 400 people have been killed in the unrest and Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has resigned.
Why are people protesting?
- Poor public services.
- Iran’s influence in Iraq.Reminder. When ISIS invaded Iraq, it was Iran that helped Iraq by forming militias to fight the militants and by 2018 becoming so powerful that political parties linked to Iran became the kingmakers in the government.
Protesters demand a completely new political system not influenced by foreign countries.
Some protesters have been celebrating the PM’s resignation. But many Iraqis are worried about the future. Their constitution isn’t clear on what to do when a PM resigns.