The Iraq Report: Elections will reinforce the status quo

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On Sunday, Iraq will hold its sixth national vote since the United States led an international “Coalition of the Willing” in 2003 to invade and topple the Baathist dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Rather than democratic change, Iraqis have since complained of a sectarian, corrupt, and nepotistic political system that has brought little positive change to their lives. The vote was originally scheduled for next year but was brought forward to satisfy one of the early demands of protesters who took to the streets in October 2019, leading to the resignation of the Adel Abdul Mahdi government in 202…

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