Parliamentary postponed until October 10. This election is important for in light of recent developments. For the past two years, has witnessed ongoing peaceful protests that have been countered with brutal state repression. The revolution is in a continuum, and are prepared to cast their votes in the hope of bringing change.in were originally scheduled for last spring, but the vote was
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Yet within the current situation, an important question arises: How much change can happen with newly elected parliament members when interrelated issues such as governmental corruption, Iranian influence inaffairs and the presence of armed militias seem less likely to change?
Religion and Politics
To understand what is taking place in theologico-political agenda began to develop. In political theories, scholar Leo Strauss introduced the “theologico-political problem” as an issue of authority — that is, political authority founded on religious revelations. This theory can explain age-old problems and help analyze the dynamics and parameters of political authority in the context of ., it is necessary to look back at recent developments. After the dramatic upheaval with the war in 2003, witnessed the rise of religious authorities engaging in political activities, which is when the so-called
One significant issue that exists inpolitics is the dominance of the religious agenda in shaping the country’s affairs. Figures such as Muqtada al-Sadr, Ammar al-Hakim, Qais Alkhazaali and others are in charge. In fact, it is difficult to imagine or predict a change where Sunni or other secular political leaders arise, even within a climate of supervised fair .
This “theocratic” model has caused multiple predicaments that have worsened and complicated the existing conditions. It has simply proved dangerous. Such theologico-politicians who claim religious authority can be morally corrupt and disguised in a righteous mask. Yet such figures need to show they follow custom-interpreted religious doctrine. Their goal is to gain popular votes by convincing like-mindedof the importance of religion.
The consequences have intensified over the years. Theologico-political figures have established their own political parties and armed militias. The presence of militias inhas become one of the most difficult issues to solve, particularly as militants operate autonomously with impunity. They have infiltrated government institutions where they have influence. They also maintain power and funding. Both of these issues make it difficult to dissolve such organized groups.
There has recently been an increase in assassinations, threats and targeting of “new” potential candidates, activists and proponents of change. In 2019, it was reported that a 700-name list was issued by the -backed militia Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) to target journalists and activists, including those living overseas, who support the ongoing protests.
Iraqis Are Tired
The core problem of this theologico-politics is that its rhetoric is always divisive. In a religiously diverse country like, people of different faiths and sects should coexist and be considered in the decision-making process. This one-sect politics can never function when its agenda inherently dismisses, discriminates against and persecutes the “other” group.
But protests oppose the government’s agenda and Iran’s interference in . The people do not want sectarian ruling anymore. The status quo favors over Iraq’s interests to ensure long-term existence. Protesters have demanded basic infrastructure services and reform of issues exacerbated by Iranian meddling and accompanying governmental failures in all spheres. This includes a failing economy, widespread corruption, deteriorating health care and education systems and, most significantly, rising civil unrest.are tired of this. The majority of -led
In contrast to this new form of dictatorship — theologico-politics — whatneeds are conditions that support true liberal democracy, secularity and the separation of religion and state. However, this may seem implausible, especially when speculation over the election results seems more inclined toward the domination of Islamist politics.
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