ERBIL— Officials from the Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) cannot stand for the general elections in Iraq under regulations by the ministries of interior and defense, said the spokesperson for the forces.
On Friday Ahmad al-Asadi told a press conference in Karbala that as part of the Iraqi armed forces, Hashd forces should also observe the military regulations which ban their nomination in general elections as long as they have not resigned from their military positions. .
He also warned against exploiting Hashd forces for the elections campaign.
The press conference came after Shi’ite top clergy Muqtada al-Sadr demanded Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to prevent Hashd officials from nominating themselves for the upcoming elections.