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Amid Low Election Turnout, “Iraq’s Streets Littered with the Memories of Our Dead”

Voter turnout on the fifth parliamentary election in Iraq hit an all-time low, with many Iraqis refusing to vote as widespread religion within the democratic course of and politics falters.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who has been a vocal opponent of overseas invasion, gained essentially the most seats. He has additionally been accused of kidnapping and killing his critics.

“The election has more to do with making this regime and this system look good than responding to the demands of the people,” says Nabil Salih, Iraqi journalist and photographer, who additionally discusses protests that sped up the election and situations in Iraq’s hospitals. His newest piece for Middle East Eye is “Iraq’s streets are affected by the reminiscences of our lifeless.”

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