Finance Minister Zebari Sacked

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)


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