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Iraqi President Slams Assassination Attempt against PM, Warns of Coup against Constitution

Iraqi President Slams Assassination Attempt against PM, Warns of Coup against Constitution

Sunday, 7 November, 2021 - 08:00
Iraqi President Barham Salih. (Reuters file photo)

Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned on Sunday the failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.


In a tweet, he said: “The terrorist attack that targeted the prime minister is a dangerous violation and heinous crime against Iraq.”


The attack demands a “united stand to confront evildoers that are undermining the security of this nation and safety of its people,” he added.


“We cannot tolerate that Iraq be dragged towards chaos and for a coup to be staged against its constitutional system,” he declared.


A drone laden with explosives targeted Kadhimi’s residence in Baghdad early on Sunday. The PM escaped unhurt.


The attack, which security sources said injured several members of Kadhimi’s personal protection detail, came after protests in the Iraqi capital over the result of a general election last month turned violent.


Head of the Shiite Hikma movement, Ammar al-Hakim condemned the attack against the PM’s residence, warning against attempts to undermine the state.


In a tweet, he said the “dangerous development” will expose the state to danger and “threaten Iraq’s image before the international public.”


The attack undermines the achievements that have been made on the security, political and economic levels, he added.


Sadrist movement leader, cleric Moqtada al-Sadr slammed the attack, saying it targeted “Iraq, its people, security and stability.”


In a tweet, he added that the failed assassination was an attempt to “drag Iraq to chaos so that it can come under the control of non-state powers and so that it can live under the threat of violence and terrorism.”


He called on the army and security forces to seize control of the situation so that Iraq can recover and come back stronger.


President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani slammed the attempt on Kadhimi’s life.


He tweeted that this “dangerous terrorist development threatens the security and stability of the country and could have severe consequences.”


He called on all sides to show restraint and calm.


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