I think if the Iraqi parliamentary elections were to be held last year, Iran may have easily managed to impose a prime minister and a government. Fortunately for the Iraqis, the situation has developed on both the internal and external fronts in a way that’s not in favor of General Qassem Soleimani who considers himself the ruler of the Fertile Crescent.
The Americans and their important allies have this year been active and viewed the elections as a dangerous affair that requires following up on and balancing the Iranian pressure. The Israelis also got involved their own way and threatened to shell Iranian military presence in Iraq, without heeding to the consequences.
In any case, it seems the number of the MPs who are willing to stand against the Iranian regime’s ambitions constitute the majority. More than 170 MPs have joined the moderate Sairoon bloc which is led by Shiite reference Muqtada al-Sadr, and the bloc is thus larger than the bloc “affiliated with Iran” and which is led by Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri.
Iraq was an Iranian guarantee
Everyone is waiting for a moment of Iraqi decisiveness which will mean a lot for Iraq and the region.Abdulrahman al-Rashed