On Tuesday, August 2 at 19:30 GMT:
A more political deadlock could develop in Iraq after thousands of supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed parliament again to prevent rival Shiites from forming the country’s next government.
Al-Sadr supporters broke into Baghdad’s high-security green zone for the second time in a week on Saturday and began a sit-in demonstration in and around the parliament building. Protesters are calling for early elections, constitutional amendments and limiting Iranian influence in domestic politics. Counter-protests from Iran-backed groups also increase the risk of violence.
The unrest comes at a time when Iraq is suffering from a record-breaking political deadlock. After holding parliamentary elections last October, the country has been without a fully functioning government for more than nine months.
Without a head of state or cabinet, spending on economic reforms and infrastructure projects comes to a standstill. And after years of war and internal security crises, many in Iraq are still looking to the government to improve poor living conditions.
In this episode of The Stream, we ask: What does it take to make the Iraqi government work?
In this episode of The Stream we speak with:
Lahib Higel, @LahibHigel
Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group
Ammar Karim, @ammar_afp
Raed Jarrar, @raedjarrar
Advocacy Director, DAWN MENA