After five months of political uncertainty, Iraq finally has a new prime minister.
On October 3, Iraq’s newly named president, Barham Salih, picked Adel Abdul Mahdi, an independent Shia politician, to be the next prime minister and form a government. The appointment of Mahdi may have provided an opportunity to calm the protests that have roiled the southern Iraqi city of Basra since July.
Unrest in Basra escalated to levels high enough for the United States to shut its consulate in the city on September 28.
The unrest reflects a changing Iraq—one in which many citizens will no longer tolerate an unaccountable government.
(Source: Atlantic Council)