Year: 2021

ISHM: NOVEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 2, 2021

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

ISHM: OCTOBER 28 -NOVEMBER 4, 2021

Key Takeaways: Fatah Insists On Rejecting Results As Recount Shows Little Changes; Sadr Wants Majority Government; Court Convicts Journalist Killer; Independent MPs Form Bloc – On October 29, the ruling AKP party in Turkey said that military operations against the PKK in Iraq and Syria were necessary to prevent the… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 21 – OCTOBER 28, 2021

Key Takeaways: UNSC Praises “Technically Sound” Election; Sadr And Rivals Name Potential PM Candidates; IHEC Begins Recount Of Ballots From 2,000 Stations – On October 22, the UN Security Council congratulated Iraq on conducting a “technically sound election” and condemned threats of violence against IHEC and UNAMI staff. On October… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 14 – 21, 2021

Key Takeaways: Updated Election Results Show Few Changes; Militias Indirectly Threaten Violence To Stop Alleged Fraud – On October 15, President Salih and the chief of the Supreme Judicial Council issued a joint statement calling for calm amid escalating tensions following the release of election results, which were met with… Read more

ISHM: OCTOBER 7 – OCTOBER 14, 2021

Key Takeaways: Early Results Show Sadrists Winning 70+ Seats; KDP, Halbousi, Imtidad Gain Seats; Fatah, Militias Reject Results As IHEC Fumbles Data – On October 10, millions of Iraqi voters participated in the country’s early election. IHEC data showed that 8,377,382 Iraqis voted out of 22,118,368 registered voters, reflecting low… Read more

ISHM: SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 7, 2021

Key Takeaways: Final Preparations Underway For Sunday Election; PMF Excluded From Special Voting; PM Launches Reconstruction Fund For Dhi-Qar – On October 1, Iraqis gathered at Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the anti-government protests that began on October 1, 2019 and demand justice for the hundreds of… Read more