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Sadr calls Shia militias to hand weapons, not to run for elections

Muqtada al-Sadr

Shia influential leader Muqtada al-Sadr has urged all Shia militias, including his own, to hand their weapons to the Iraqi government, and to abstain from competition at the upcoming elections.

In a Monday televised speech, Sadr urged the government to limit weapons to the hands of the state, and to disarm militias such as IMIS and his own Saraya al-Salam.

 

He also stressed on banning IMIS from running for the coming election in May 2018.

 

But he called for the government to take care of the families of his militias' martyrs and integrate a part of them in the military.

 

Sadr, in his speech, ordered Saraya al-Salam to hand over weapons to the state, close their offices, except for those of civilian purposes, and to evacuate from recaptured areas, except for Samarra.

Saraya al-Salam is due to turn into a serviecs organization, Sadr revealed. 

This comes after the final victory over ISIS was declared Saturday. 

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