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Ex-governor Al-Turaihi appeals against sacking decision

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Karbala provincial council has decided to dismiss governor Aqil Al-Turaihi for “corruption.”

The office of ex-governor of the Karbala province said an appeal has been submitted against a decision by the provincial council of Karbala to sack Aqil Al-Turaihi for “corruption.”

Al-Turaihi, a member of Iraq’s Islamic Dawa Party, led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, has served as Karbala governor since June of 2013.

“The decision violated a set of codes and we trust the judiciary will be just,” a statement by Turaihi’s office said on Friday.

The provincial council has voted to remove the governor from his post for a number of financial and administrative violations.

The council held an interrogation session last Tuesday to question Al-Turaihi regarding neglect, abuse of authority and corruption charges, which he did not attend.

The ex-governor was also assigned with overseeing the implementation of all service projects carried out in the province.
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