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Par'l seeks imprisonment of local governor after Mosul boat capsize

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The Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee has demanded Iraq’s judiciary to sentence Nineveh Governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan to prison after a river ferry accident that killed at least 100 people in the provincial capital, Mosul.

Deputy of the committee Abbas Sharout said the governor holds full responsibility for the sunken ferry, demanding the General Commander of the Armed Forces to issue an arrest warrant against him and send him to prison.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has formally requested that parliament sack Nineveh Governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan after a river ferry accident that killed at least 90 people in the provincial capital, Mosul.

The capsize of the boat, which was carrying families to a recreational spot on an island in the Tigris River on Thursday, was the most deadly incident in the northern city since it was recaptured from ISIS in a bloody and destructive conflict in 2017.

"Due to the obvious negligence and dereliction in performing duties and responsibility, and the presence of evidence proving misuse of public funds and abuse of power ... we suggest that you dismiss the governor and his deputies," Abdul Mahdi wrote in a letter addressed to the speaker of parliament that was published by his office late on Friday.

Iraqi law gives the federal parliament the right to sack provincial governors based on the suggestion of the prime minister.

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