Iraqi parliament votes to sack finance minister
Hoshyar Zebari is the second minister to be sacked after the country’s parliament voted for the removal of defense minister over graft
The Iraqi parliament has voted on Wednesday to sack Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari after a grilling session in late Agust, questioning him about graft, Al Arabiya New Channel’s correspondent reported.
In Iraq’s 328-seat parliament, 158 voted in favor of sacking Zebari, who is also deputy prime minister.
Zebari assumed office as foreign minister in October 2014 after spending 11 years as Iraq’s foreign minister.
The powerful Iraqi Kurdish politician sacking comes after the removal of the country’s Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi in late August after grilling the latter over corrupt arms deal.
Since assuming office in September 2014, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi pressed for reforms but political squabbling and division obstructed his path to pursue anti-corruption steps.
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