Iraqi parliament votes to sack finance minister

Hoshyar Zebari arrives at an EU-Arab league Foreign Ministers summit in Athens, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File photo: AP)

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.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:59 - GMT 10:59