62 Hashd al-Shaabi Officials Run in Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections
At least 62 leaders from the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have registered for the upcoming parliamentary election in Iraq, said a source from the country’s electoral commission.
The source has told the Iraqi media that the candidates’ applications were approved after they resigned from their positions within Hashd al-Shaabi.
He said that they have officially resigned from the militia group, but indeed they are practically still leading the Hashd al-Shaabi.
Hadi Ameri, Aws Khafaji, Qayis Khazali, Falih Fayaz, Ahmed Asadi, Shbil Zeidi, Kazim Yasiri, Akram Ka’bi, Hashim Musawi, Rayan Kildani, Faisal Deilami are some of the prominent Hashd al-Shaabi leaders who have already registered.
According to Iraqi electoral commission’s regulation, no member of militia or other armed groups is allowed to run for general elections.
However, the source revealed, 11 electoral factions have registered, and they are known for close links to the Hashd al-Shaabi.
Iraq’s parliamentary elections are set for May 2018.