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Mar 24, 2019
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Iraq parliament sacks governor over ferry disaster

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Iraq's parliament today sacked the governor of a northern province where 100 people died in a ferry disaster that sparked a wave of grief and anger.

Most of those killed when the boat sank on Thursday in the Tigris River in Mosul were women and children headed for a Mother's Day picnic on the Kurds' Nowruz New Year holiday.

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi wrote to parliament on Saturday calling on legislators to fire Nineveh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub, citing negligence and concrete failings meriting his dismissal. His two deputies were also fired during a vote in the national assembly.

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