Analysis: Protests alter political landscape

Maliki advocates day of reckoning for ministers, two governors resign, and the government cracks down on organizers and journalists.
Fallujah government buildings set on fire by protesters on Feb. 25, 2011. The local government resigned soon after. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - As Iraqi anger continues to burn in protests across the country, the political climate is rapidly changing.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has set a 100-day ultimatum for his cabinet — show progress, or else — and three provincial governors have already resigned amidst the pressure. Both Maliki and Osama Nujaifi, the speaker of parliament, are now pushing Iraq’s lawmakers to force new provincial elections, two years ahead of schedule.

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