Are pro-Iran parties on the rise in Iraq?

US-backed Haider al-Abadi appears to be losing grip on power as Tehran furthers its influence in Baghdad.

Iraqis could finally be getting a working parliament. On Saturday, MPs elected a new speaker, ending months of political deadlock following May’s election.

But concern is growing that control of Iraq’s politics may be swinging towards pro-Iranian parties.


Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad.