Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesperson of the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), has announced his resignation from his position so that he can stand as an IMIS candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election, Iraqi writer Ghalib al-Shahbander said in a televised interview Thursday.
Al-Shahbander also noted that Iran-backed IMIS are playing a political game in order to have military and parliamentary representations in the upcoming election.
Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that IMIS will not take part in the parliamentary elections.
Under a law passed in November, 2016 but not implemented, IMIS were to become an official security body affiliated with the Iraqi armed forces. If this law was enacted, IMIS members can run for office and participate in politics.
In Iraq, political parties and entities wishing to run for election must abolish their armed wings. The new law would allow the armed factions under IMIS umbrella to be incorporated into one officially recognized body.
As a result, the affiliated parties would become purely political entities without actually dissolving the armed groups.
Many observers say that being part of the political scene means far-reaching powers that can push the country into the abyss of sectarianism and ethnic cleansing.