One Year After Iraq's October Revolution - A Look Back and a Look Ahead
While 2020 has proven to be a tumultuous year across the globe, it has been a particularly turbulent time for Iraq. In what is now known as the October Revolution, thousands of Iraqis first took to the streets in October 2019, demanding an overhaul of Iraq's corrupt ruling elite and an end to sectarian politics.
As the movement continued to strengthen and spread across the country, former Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigned in November 2019. Following six months of chaotic political infighting, former National Intelligence Director Mustafa al-Kadhimi took office as Iraq's interim prime minister in May 2020, amid continued protests and the COVID-19 pandemic.