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Iraq’s next parliamentary elections: the stakes

Zaid Al-Ali

We are now completely at the mercy of our political class.Many of the same faces will return, and those who are new will have been imposed on us by the same party structures that have been running the country since 2003.

Violence in Iraq has surged in recent months to levels not seen for years. Al-Qaida is resurgent, explosions continue to rip through civilian neighbourhoods and foreign backed militias are engaged in combat in broad daylight, sometimes alongside government forces. Large swathes of the country are now out of the state’s control, others are subject to a constant barrage of shelling, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. Many of the gruesome practices that were common during the civil conflict, including beheadings, are once again an almost daily occurrence. Why is all this happening now and is there a solution?

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