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The rise of the new Sunni elite in Iraq: the case of Fallujah

Gopal, Anand and Hodge, Jeremy (2020) The rise of the new Sunni elite in Iraq: the case of Fallujah. Conflict Research Management (16 Nov 2020). Blog Entry.

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In August 2019, Iraqi Federal Police showed up at the mayor’s office in Fallujah to expel ‘Aissa al-Sayir, the mayor, who had long been a key player in the city’s politics. Citing voting irregularities, the Anbar Governorate deployed the police after Sayir refused to give up his post. The event attracted little notice in the international press, but within Iraq many observers believed that the ultimate mover in this drama was not the local government at all, but Muhammad al-Halbusi, the Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, and one of the wealthiest businessmen in Anbar. The removal of Fallujah’s mayor represented a changing of the guard in Sunni politics, as a new elite seeks to assert itself in the post-ISIS era.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 11:18
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:48

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