Supporters of the Al Sairun Party, which is backed by the Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, hold a poster of Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, while attending a campaign rally, ahead of the parliamentary election in Baghdad, Iraq May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani. @Adobe Stock Images.

It took five months since Iraq’s national elections, but the country finally has a new prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi. In truth, however, neither he nor new President Barham Salih nor the firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose alliance won the most parliamentary seats in May, will likely have the greatest influence over whether Iraq can make the reforms necessary to become a stable and prosperous country.

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