Iraq and Gulf Analysis

A Litmus Test for Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 30 January 2009 23:59

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari arrived in Basra on January 24. His mission in the southern oil port was to stump for his Reformist Front, a breakaway faction of the Da‘wa Party of the current premier, Nouri al-Maliki, ahead of Iraq’s January 31 provincial elections. His itinerary included visits to the Five Miles area – often described as a stronghold of the movement loyal to the young Shi‘i leader Muqtada al-Sadr – as well as a rally at a sports stadium. Only days earlier, he had been preceded by Maliki himself, and in the first days of 2009 numerous other national politicians trooped to Basra as well… Full story here.

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