Deadlock persists over three provincial governors

Leadership vacuums in Kirkuk, Salahaddin, and Diyala provinces highlight the challenges of identity-based politics to effective governance.
Kurdish members of the Kirkuk Provincial Council hold a press conference on Feb. 5, 2024, after a session that was abbreviated by a failure to achieve quorum. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK/SULAIMANIYA - Three months after provincial elections were held, new governors have now taken office throughout federal Iraq — except in Kirkuk, Salahaddin, and Diyala provinces.

All three provinces fall within territory that is home to heterogeneous populations and political dynamics defined by ethnic and sectarian divisions. Post-election deadlock has left them with leadership vacuums, highlighting the extent to which Iraq's identity-based politics still pose a challenge to effective governance.

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