🇮🇶 Will disputed vote derail hopes of new start for Iraq? | Inside Story


Iraqis voted for the first time since 2014 three weeks ago. A democratically elected government was expected to usher in reforms the country badly needed to recover from the destruction unleashed by ISIL.

But those hopes are now receding. It’s been two weeks since results were declared but a split mandate has pushed the government towards the rough and tumble of coalition politics. Prominent Shia cleric Muqtada Al Sadr’s alliance won the election but is nowhere close to getting enough support to form a government.

And now there are allegations of voter fraud. Are vested interests at play to try and destabilise the political process?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Ahmed Rushdi, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament

Judit Neurink, author and journalist based in Erbil

Christine Van Den Toorn, Director, Institute of Regional and International Studies based in Washington DC

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