Monday, July 16, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Iraq parliament votes to remove Kirkuk governor

Move to remove Najm Eddine Karim follows parliamentarians' rejection of Kurdish plans to hold independence referendum.

Kurds

Iraq's parliament has voted to remove the governor of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk from office, according to legislators present at the vote.

Thursday's decision to remove Najm Eddine Karim followed parliamentarians' rejection of Kurdish plans to hold an independence referendum on Tuesday.

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, requested the removal of Karim as leader of the oil-rich province, said Hussein al-Maliki, Member of Parliament.

All Kurdish legislators boycotted Thursday's session, while Arab parliamentarians voted in favour of Karim's deposition, he said.


READ MORE: Iraq parliament rejects Kurdish independence referendum


A breakdown of the vote was not immediately available.

A number of political parties have protested against the vote, claiming the signatures required to remove Karim from office are not valid, he said.

"[They say] Karim will remain in office despite what the Iraqis think and that this vote [on independence] will go ahead."

Kirkuk's provincial council voted last month to take part in the referendum on independence, which is scheduled to be held on September 25.


READ MORE: Kirkuk votes to take part in Kurdish independence poll


Ownership of Kirkuk has long been disputed between Iraq and the Kurdish authorities.

Though not part of the recognised Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the province has a large Kurdish population and is under Kurdish military control.

Kurds had pushed for a state of their own since the conclusion of World War I when Kurdish-populated areas were split between modern-day Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria as boundaries across the Middle East were redrawn.

The Kurdish parliament is expected to meet tomorrow to discuss the planned ballot on independence.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Syria: Government troops widen offe...

Read More

Tear gas and water cannon fired at ...

Read More

Israeli air raids kill two Palestin...

Read More

Iraq: Protests rage over poor publi...

Read More

Israeli forces kill 15-year-old Pal...

Read More

Syrian government raises flag in De...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

Thailand cave boys

2018 World Cup