TEHRAN – The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic approves of the legal process taken to appoint a new Iraqi prime minister.
SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani also congratulated Haidar al-Abadi over his nomination for the post of Iraqi prime minister.
Under the legal framework envisaged in Iraq’s constitution, the majority in parliament elects the prime minster, he said.
Shamkhani urged all political groups and alliances in Iraq to maintain unity in order to defend the national interests in view of the sensitive situation in the country.
In addition, the Iranian security chief said that the Islamic Republic supports efforts meant to maintain Iraq’s territorial integrity and security.
On Monday, Iraqi President Fouad Masoum asked al-Abadi, a Shia coalition’s nominee for the post of prime minister, to form a new government.
Iraq’s National Alliance parliamentary bloc nominated al-Abadi for the post of prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki.
According to Reuters, Maliki has refused to go and has deployed special forces on the streets of Baghdad.
Maliki said in a televised speech that the president’s decision to name a replacement for him was a “dangerous violation” of the constitution and vowed that “we will fix the mistake.”
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