Why Iraq’s Protest Movement Led To An Election That Millions Sat Out

Why Iraq’s Protest Movement Led To An Election That Millions Sat Out
Why Iraq’s Protest Movement Led To An Election That Millions Sat Out

Why Iraq’s Protest Movement Led To An Election That Millions Sat Out

Two years ago, a massive protest movement swept through Iraq. People were angry about corruption and a lack of basic services like electricity and health care in a country that brings in billions of dollars in oil revenue each year. That protest movement culminated in a parliamentary election, held earlier this month.

NPR international correspondent Ruth Sherlock reported on the election closely from inside Iraq. Through her reporting, and in conversation with host Ari Shapiro, Ruth explains why Iraq’s election failed to deliver on hopes for reform — and what it revealed about America’s long and costly investment in the country’s democracy.

This episode contains excerpts from multiple stories Ruth Sherlock reported over the course of weeks inside Iraq. You can find more of her work here.

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