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Iraq: Embattled Finance Minister Zebari sacked

Hoshyar Zebari stands accused of using state funds for his own personal security detail, among other abuses

Ekip   | 21.09.2016
Iraq: Embattled Finance Minister Zebari sacked Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq

By Ali Jawad

BAGHDAD

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.

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