Iraqis have denounced the control of the old guard of the political scene in their country as the parliamentary elections are slated for May 12.
Since fall of former President Saddam Hussein at the hands of the US-led invasion in 2003, he same old faces who only aspire to achieve their own interests control the political scene, disappointed Iraqis have complained.
Over a decade, same old faces like Haider al-Abadi, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Ayad Allawi and Nuri al-Maliki have occupied high-profile posts in the Iraqi regime.
Iraqi parties that control the scene have repeatedly failed to solve the widespread corruption that sweeps the country.
In Iraq, one of the oil-rich countries, millions of people live under the poverty line with very poor services such as water, electricity and transportation.
More than 7,000 candidates run for the May 12 elections. Only 20 percent of them are newcomers.
“It's the same old faces! All they care about is getting rich, not serving the people!” an angry citizen said.
“So what change has there been? At least if we had a change of faces. We're fed up with lies,” another citizen said.
Most of the newcomers seek to change the corrupt political atmosphere in the country. For them, nothing has changed over 15 years.
They also complained they had been subject to plots of defamation.