Marjeiyya


What is the role of Marjaiyya in the new democratic Iraq?






The policies of the previous dictatorial regime in Iraq were focused on personality-worship and the use of all Iraqi resources, capabilities and establishments to strengthen the throne. Once the mentioned regime collapsed, the religious leadership – the Marjaiyya – directed the Iraqis to fill the legislative, political and security gaps. The Marjaiyya did not enforce a particular kind of regime. Rather, it took in consideration Iraq’s conditions and its components. Therefore; a populist election system was adopted on the basis of allowing every private citizen to vote and an election was based on the same guidelines that advanced modern countries observe in addition to preserving Iraqi identity, which encompasses ethical values and religious foundations that Iraqis are proud of. The Marjaiyya did not obligate the citizens to vote for a particular clause in the constitution but they were allowed the freedom of choice.