By John Lee.
Iraq’s finance minister, Hoshyar Zebari (pictured), has been voted out of office by the country’s parliament on Wednesday.
Lawmakers voted 158 to 77 against Zebari, after a parliamentary inquiry last month into charges of corruption and mismanagement of public funds.
Zebari, a senior Kurdish official who previously served as foreign minister, denies all wrongdoing. Members of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) said they would mount a legal challenge to the decision.
He is the second minister in a month to lose his post. In late August defence minister Khalid al-Obaidi lost a confidence vote after he mocked lawmakers in an inquiry into corruption allegations against him.
(Sources: WSJ, Reuters, Bloomberg)