Iraqi Christians Wary of New Prime Minister Tawfiq Allawi

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, appealed to protesters in his first speech [Prime Minister media office]
Protests in Baghdad haven’t stopped since the new Iraqi prime minister was appointed at the start of the month. Anti-government protestors say Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is just more of the same and unlikely to bring any significant, positive change to the country.

Prime Minister Allawi is slated to name his cabinet members this week – a crucial step that will reveal the sincerity of his promises to avoid political interference. Some of the protestors’ complaints include the prevalence of government corruption, the lack of jobs, and poor public services.

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs says another group is also wary of this new appointment – Iraqi Christians.

“Really, that’s not new,” Nettleton says. “They have been concerned. Many of these are believers who…have been displaced by ISIS. Some go back even before ISIS. They have seen persecution. They know that serving Christ in Iraq is a risky proposition.

“When the government changes hands [and] new leaders come to power, there are new areas of emphasis. The Christians watch that and say, ‘Okay, what is this going to mean for us? How is this new leader going to respond to the needs of the Christian community?’”

One of the big questions for Christians: how much sway will Iran have in the formulation of new Iraqi leadership?

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to provide a courageous witness for the Gospel in Iraq.
  • Pray that Iraqis who are dissatisfied with the government will find hope in Jesus Christ.