IRAQ – Elections show deep political crisis

On 10th of October, elections were held in Iraq. After a steep deepening of the political crisis with the huge mass protests last year, this election is statement of the distrust of the Iraqi people in the representatives of their pro-imperialist political apparatus.




9 million went to vote out of 22,1 million eligible voters, which means a participation in the election of only 41%! Many complaints were filed against the initial count that have led to numerous recounts. Therefore, a final result is still not available. The Sadrist Movement, that came out on first place after the first count with 73 seats, which correspondents roughly to 1/4th of the votes, therefore would have only about one tenth of all eligible voters on their side. It is noteworthy that the Sadrist Movement, the biggest party of Iraq announced initially that they wanted to boycott the elections because of fraud. To the people of Iraq it is the proof that the democratic mask of the old Iraqi state is a thinly veiled dictatorship of the rich that are selling out the country.


Meanwhile, in Iraq the next wave of mass protests is starting. The pictures of the attacks on US embassy last year are still present in the minds of the people. It is the state apparatus that US imperialism put in place when they pulled out of Iraq after the invasion in 2003 that should administer Iraq as a semi-colonialy, semi-feudal country. But the influence of other imperialists, like Russian imperialism and their lackeys like Iran grows stronger. On the one hand, the protests and the elections show the deep political crisis of the imperialists. On the other hand, imperialism is trying to resolve its political crisis with destabilization of the country and civil war remains an option.


The people of Iraq have no interest in being used to the benefit of one or another imperialist. The more advanced the threats to the nation become, the more immanent becomes the need for proletarian leadership and New Democratic Revolution for national liberation.