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Nineveh dispute continues as local council votes in new governor

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The Nineveh Provincial Council (NPC) on Sunday elected retired military general Najim al-Jabouri as governor, a local source said, days after the incumbent disputed a council vote to relieve him from his duties.

The source said that 23 NPC attending members of the council voted for Jabouri, adding that the election took place within a “legal framework and smoothly and without any problems.”

Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief Adil Abdul Mahdi retired Najim al-Jabouri after he was exempted from the Nineveh Operations Command about six months ago.

“The vote was by a majority of those present,” the source concluded. NPC has 39 members.

Nineveh council lawmaker Salim Mohammed Shabak welcomed Jabouri’s nomination for the governorship post, describing him in a statement as a “patriotic personality far from connections outside the border.”

After the fall of the so-called Islamic State, Iran-backed militias increased their political as well as economic influence in Nineveh, with many reports on abuses the paramilitaries committed against local populations.