September 14, 2017 / 11:01 AM / in 3 months

Iraqi parliament votes to remove kirkuk governor from office: lawmakers

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s parliament voted on Thursday to remove the governor of Kirkuk from office following a request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, according to several lawmakers who attended the vote.

The decision to remove the governor, Najmaddin Kareem, comes after Kirkuk - an oil-rich province claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - decided to take part in a referendum set for Sept. 25 on Kurdish independence.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Gareth Jones

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