The next parliamentary election in Iraq will be brought forward by almost a year. Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi announced just three months after his election. Instead of 2022, the election is scheduled to take place on June 6, 2021. In a television address, Kadhemi said his primary goal was to save Iraq from chaos. Internal and international conflicts have threatened Iraq's security and the future of the Iraqi people, Kadhemi said.
Since the beginning of October 2019, Iraq has seen massive, sometimes violent, protests. They led to the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi in November. In May, the Iraqi parliament approved a new government after months of power struggle. Since then, the Shiite politician Kadhemi has faced the task of leading the country out of its economic and political crisis with comprehensive reforms. This is made more difficult by the coronavirus pandemic and the low oil price, on which the country's revenues largely depend.
The demonstrators called for a profound change in the political system shaped by corruption. Similar protests have been repeated since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. Nevertheless, Mahdi was the first prime minister to be forced to resign.
In the past, elections in Iraq have repeatedly been violent. Reports of electoral fraud were not uncommon. "Everything will be done to protect these elections and ensure their success," Kadhemi promised.