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  New law to improve Iraq security
Updated 07 July 2004, 14.11
A new law should make Iraq more secure
The Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has agreed on a law for the country that should increase security there.

The law will let the government set up curfews, set up checkpoints and hold anyone they think could be dangerous.

But they can only use the rules for a short amount of time and in certain places in Iraq.

The law could make things difficult for some people living in Iraq, but the government hope Iraqis will think the extra security is important.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
Iraq's justice minister Malik Dohan al-Hassan said: "We have tried to guarantee justice and also to guarantee human rights."

He added that the law was needed to stop people using violence to try and prevent government employees doing their jobs or frighten workers from going there to rebuild the country.

It could also be used to stop people who try to make sure general elections in Iraq don't happen.

Mr Allawi is in charge of a government that holds power in Iraq until elections take place in 2005 that will let the Iraqi people choose their own leaders.

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