By Ali Jawad
Embattled Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, facing accusations of financial and administrative corruption, was sacked Wednesday by Iraq’s Parliament.
Zebari lost a vote of confidence 185-77, with 14 abstentions, Iraqi MP Baker Amin told Anadolu Agency.
Haitham al-Jubouri, an MP for Iraq’s State of Law coalition, has accused Zebari of allocating state funds for his personal use, including some $2 million for his personal security detail.
Under the Iraqi Constitution and parliamentary bylaws, a government minister can be dismissed with the consent of an absolute majority of MPs.
Zebari’s dismissal comes one month after Parliament gave walking papers to Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, also due to corruption allegations.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.