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Ousted Kirkuk governor Karim denies connections with PUK, KDP

Kiurkuk’s previous governor Najmaldin Karim

Kiurkuk’s former governor, Najmaldin Karim, has announced he no longer has connections with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

The former senior PUK figure was sacked from his position after he voted to raise the Kurdistan flag in the disputed city and participate in the independence referendum.

Karim criticized the decision and deemed it as “illegal”, claiming he will continue in his post.

Recently, the Parliament of Iraq voted to reject the Kurdistan Region's referendum in another majority vote, which the representatives for the Kurds boycotted.

“Despite my friendship and a personal relationship with PUK leader Korsat Rasul, I do not have any official connection with the union, and have not been to any meetings since Oct. 16,” Karim told the press late on Thursday.

“Even though I am being demanded to, I won’t partake in election campaigning,” Karim added.

In his remarks, he also denied rumors of him joining the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).