Kirkuk gover­nor says Iraqi par­lia­ment vote to re­move him 'un­law­ful'

Daily Messenger - - International -

KIRKUK, Iraq: The gover­nor of Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk prov­ince con­demned a vote by Iraq’s par­lia­ment on Thurs­day to re­move him from of­fice as “un­law­ful” and vowed to stay in power.

The de­ci­sion to re­move Na­j­maddin Ka­reem came af­ter Kirkuk - claimed by both the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad and the au­tonomous Kur­dish re­gion in north­ern Iraq - voted to take part in a ref­er­en­dum set for Sept. 25 on Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence.

”I will stay in of­fice,“Ka­reem told Reuters, hours af­ter the par­lia­men­tary vote.

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