New governor of Nineveh Mansour al-Mareed cannot
assume his new post, as law prohibits holding executive and legislative posts
together, Hossam al-Abbar, a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council said.
Despite being appointed by a presidential decree, Mareed has to submit his resignation from the parliament in order to be able to assume his new post as the new governor, Abbar explained.
On the other hand, the appeals filed against the appointment of Mareed have become ineffective, after he was appointed by a presidential decree, he added.
In May, a number of 28 members out of 39 members of the Nineveh provincial council, who participated in the vote on the Nineveh governor post's candidate, voted in favor of Mareed. Also, Sirwan Mohammed of the Kurdistan Democratic Party was chosen as the first deputy governor.
Nineveh MP Falah Zidanclaimed that some of the council's members received bribes to vote for a certain candidate and announce the results to the public.
He called on the three presidencies of Iraq, represented by the parliament speaker, the prime minister and the president of the republic, to dissolve the current provincial council.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi wrote an angry tweet, after Nineveh provincial council voted in favor of Mareed.
"The corrupt [people] attempts to bring backwards Nineveh, the dear to our hearts, which our heroes sacrificed to liberate it from terrorism, oppress their people and sell their interests," Abadi said.
"Nineveh will remain free, lofty and disobedient to the corrupt, as it was disobedient to terrorism," he added.