Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi gestures during a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York By Andrew Kelly / REUTERS. @ Adobe Stock Images.

Iraq is again in turmoil: It remains without a government two months after national elections, and there have been widespread protests over electricity shortages and lack of public services.

The maverick cleric Moqtada al-Sadr recently announced that he hopes the demonstrations continue until the people’s demands are met. Sadr, whose political coalition finished first in the May 12 elections, also said a new government should not be formed until the popular unrest ends.

Read the full column at Bloomberg Opinion.