On May 7, the Iraqi parliament swore in Mustafa al-Kadhimi as its new prime minister. Iraqi officials are hopeful his leadership will bring stability to the region and curtail months of protests.
Amid attempts to transform the political system, feminists are looking for 50% representation in any new government
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said it had received credible allegations of protesters being targeted with hunting rifles, stones and firebombs over the weekend, leading to at least 50 injuries.
The US has named Khazali as one of Iraq’s leading pro-Iranian voices and part of the conduit of IRGC influence in Iraq.
As many as 550 protesters have been killed in Iraq since protesters began in October.
The cleric has urged his unarmed supporters known as "blue hats" to work with authorities to ensure schools and businesses can operate normally again.
A tale of two protests has unfolded in Iraq over the last forty-eight hours.
At the same time, there have been a plethora of kidnappings and assassinations of activists, with media outlets also being intimidated.
The parliament has called on the country's president to nominate a new prime minister in his stead.
The protests that began in Baghdad on Oct. 1 and have spread through southern cities are the most complex challenge facing the Shi'ite-dominated ruling class