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Iraq’s Quiet Kingmaker Brings Down a Prime Minister

Ayatollah Ali Sistani is usually silent about politics. But his whispers brought down Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

Iraq’s parliament accepted Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation on Sunday, finally bringing down a veteran political survivor.

  • Matthew Petti
  • The National Interest

Youth-led protests have rocked Iraq for several weeks, and crackdowns by the state and militia groups have killed hundreds of protests.

But a rare intervention from Ayatollah Ali Sistani, usually reluctant to dirty his hands with politics, was the tipping point.

“The religious authority . . . reaffirms the…

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