Iraq holds regular, competitive elections, and the country’s various partisan, religious, and ethnic groups enjoy some representation in the political system. However, democratic governance is impeded in practice by corruption and security threats. In the Kurdistan region, democratic institutions lack the strength to contain the influence of long-standing power brokers. Civil liberties are generally respected in Iraqi law, but the state has limited capacity to prevent and punish violations.
Freedom in the World — Iraq Country Report
Iraq is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
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