Baghdad - INA
The National Security Council called, on Wednesday, the demonstrators to cooperate with the security forces to carry out its functions, stressing that peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right not to include overtaking on the law and order.
The Media Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, presided over a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security," noting that "during the meeting, the security situation in the country and the procedures were discussed." taken to preserve the lives of citizens, and public and private property.”.
Al-Kadhimi stressed, according to the statement, "the importance of the national identity being the dominant one, and staying away from everything that sows division among our one people."
He said during the meeting, " The government has played a significant role for the elections, and managed security services to secure centers and electoral candidates and voters", praising the role of the security services , where elections were held for the first time without a curfew or assassinations and terrorist acts. ".
The The meeting, according to the statement, that “peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right, and it is the duty of our security forces to secure the right to express opinion, provided that it does not include encroaching on law and order or restricting citizens, blocking roads and disrupting public life, assaulting public and private property, or offending the prestige of The state,” stressing that “objection to the election results must be part of the legal procedures in place, and it is the natural and sound legal path.”.
The meeting called on the protesting citizens to cooperate with the security forces; In order to carry out its tasks in maintaining security, he stressed the directives of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to the security forces on the importance of high discipline and maintaining the conduct of public life, stressing “the commitment of the Iraqi government to protect the United Nations Mission in Iraq and other diplomatic missions operating in the country from any threat and support them.” To carry out its tasks, within the framework of Iraq's commitment to international laws and norms," he reiterated "Iraq's firm position in its refusal to be a springboard for aggression against any other country."