Tuesday, 30 August 2022 — Internationalist 360°
For the past month, there have been bitter political disputes in Iraq that have divided and polarized different communities, making it impossible to elect representatives to the country’s highest bodies. These divisions have deeply engrained themselves into the different strata of the society through social media, creating disputes and barriers not only between communities but also between ordinary Iraqis, preventing them from achieving social cohesion, partnership in governance, and socioeconomic integration. As a result, Iraqis experience high levels of hopelessness and frustration with their state. The current Iraqi government has little chance of addressing the current challenges and problems. The low voter turnout in the last Iraqi elections in October 2021, especially among the younger population, is a clear indication that people no longer trust the current state institutions and political parties.