Year: 2021

ISHM: DECEMBER 16 – 30, 2021

Key Takeaways: Najaf, Dhi-Qar Governors Resign; Parliament To Meet Jan 9 After Court Ratifies Election Results; Amiri, Sadr Set Conditions For Future U.S. Presence – On December 23, the governor of Dhi-Qar submitted his resignation to PM Kadhimi after the latter ordered an investigation into the use of force by… Read more


Key Takeaways: Court Postpones Hearing In Fatah’s Demand To Annul Elections; Imtidad, New Generation, Independents Form Opposition Coalition; Khanjar And Halbousi Join Forces – On December 13, Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court decided to postpone hearings in the case filed by the Fatah Coalition demanding the annulment of the October election… Read more

ISHM: DECEMBER 2 – 9, 2021

Key Takeaways: Fatah Asks Top Court To Annul Elections; Kadhimi And Barzani Seek Closer Security Cooperation; Senior Official Declares End Of Coalition’s Combat Role – On December 4, Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri said he would continue to appeal the election results through the Supreme Federal Court. Amiri said IHEC… Read more


Key Takeaways: IHEC Releases Final Election Results; Sadr Insists On A Majority Government After Meeting Rivals; Student Protests Rock Sulaymaniyah – On November 30, IHEC released the final results of the October election after the electoral judicial panel had looked into all appeals, which resulted in changes affecting five seats… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 11 – 18, 2021

Key Takeaways: UNSC Defends Iraq’s Elections; Hakim Presents Proposal To Address Political Impasse; Sadr Calls On Militias To Hand Over Weapons – On November 15, the UN Security Council issued a statement urging all Iraqi parties to respcet the “legally defined process and to facilitate a peaceful and independent judicial… Read more

ISHM: NOVEMBER 4 – 11, 2021

Key Takeaways: Tensions Rise As Alleged Election Fraud Protests Turn Deadly; Iraqi And Foreign Leaders Condemn Attempt On Kadhimi’s Life; Fatah Leaders Threaten Withdrawal From Politics – On November 5, Fatah coalition supporters protesting the election results clashed with security forces as they attempted to storm the Green Zone. The… Read more

While Iraq’s next government may be “business as usual,” the election has planted the seeds for change

Originally published by The Middle East Institute – November 1, 2021 Iraq’s Oct. 10 election may be more consequential than its immediate results suggest. Some of the subtle facts and dynamics surrounding the election point to interesting trends and possibilities, more so than the headline-grabbing expansion of Muqtada al-Sadr’s power… Read more