Posted on September 22, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics, Politics
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc in the Iraqi Parliament. Photo: NRT TV
BAGHDAD,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc in the Iraqi Parliament said on Wednesday the bloc sees a “political motive” influencing the parliament’s vote to dismiss Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari.
“We will appeal to the federal court over the decision to sack Zerbari,” the KDP bloc announced during a press conference in Baghdad.
Iraq’s parliament removed Zebari, a member of KDP party, from office on Wednesday over corruption allegations.
In a parliament session held to vote on the minister’s dismissal, 158 lawmakers withdrew their confidence from Zebari and 77 others voted for him to remain. Another 14 put white paper into the voting box.
Lawmakers in the Iraqi Parliament began the session after 249 MPs attended the session to vote on the dismissal of Zebari over corruption allegations.
Zebari held a series of meetings with the Islamic Dawa Party leader, Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Deputy Speaker Humam Hamudi on Tuesday (September 20) so as not to carry out the vote, according to information obtained by NRT.
Parliamentarians questioned Zebari in an August 25 session over allegations of financial and administrative irregularities and the misuse of public finds in his ministry.
Questioning was carried out at the request of MP and Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and was put to a vote by MPs to decide whether they were convinced of Zebari’s defense and whether they would renew confidence in the minister.
Another session to question Zebari on August 27 was suspended after tensions erupted between lawmakers from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc and Jabouri.
The session was suspended after Jabouri brought a petition calling to complete the questioning of Minister Zebari, a KDP member, over allegations of corruption.