People gather during a protest near the building of the government office in Basra, Iraq September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani. @Adobe Stock Images.

The chaos sweeping Iraq has become so deep—even by Middle East standards—that the country’s top religious leader is taking it upon himself to try to restore calm and create a political roadmap. The delay in the formation of an Iraqi government and violent demonstrations in the south prompted Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on September 10 to directly enter the political fray, declaring that no one in power in the past should become the next prime minister.

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