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Baghdad / Obelisk: American policy makers saw, on Thursday, October 21, 2021, that an Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, with the support of the leader of the Sadrist bloc Muqtada Al-Sadr, would curb the influence of rival groups in the country.
The American newspaper, the Financial Times, stated, in a report followed by the obelisk, that the belief that a government with a strong Sadrist formation might help counter the influence of other competing groups.
And the American newspaper added, that Al-Sadr’s victory may enhance the chances of Mustafa Al-Kazemi as prime minister for a second government term, and that Al-Kazemi won the approval of the countries.
She explained that the nature of the divided political system and based on ethnic and sectarian quotas, means that the Sadrists will be forced to bargain with competitors to form a coalition.
The Financial Times concluded that Iraq offers a lesson that elections alone do not guarantee the emergence of a full democracy, noting that the Iraqis are still waiting for the American promise to take hold of the fate of their country in their own hands.
The newspaper added that in the October 10 elections, only 41% of registered voters bothered to cast their votes, which is the lowest participation rate in the post-2003 era, adding that this indifference showed Iraqis’ disappointment with the democratic experience.
In the successive elections in Iraq, the Financial Times indicated that the tone that was common among Iraqis was that the same old parties were competing in a system infected with corruption and nepotism, a system that wasted the wealth of the oil-rich state and failed to provide job opportunities and basic services.
And the report of the American newspaper concluded by saying that in a region ruled by authoritarians, Iraqis have at least the option to vote, a right denied to many of their neighbors, but Iraq offers a lesson that elections alone do not guarantee the establishment of a fully functioning democracy.