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Iraqi Lawmakers Sack Governor After Deadly Ferry Sinking

Iraqi rescue workers remove a body from the water where an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris River.

The Iraqi parliament has voted to sack the governor of the northern province of Nineveh after an overloaded ferry capsized last week, killing dozens of people.

The March 24 move follows a request to parliament by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi that the governor be removed following the tragedy over alleged negligence and corruption.

Lawmakers in Baghdad also voted to sack the governor’s two deputies, in line with Mahdi's request.

At least 90 people, including men, women, and children, were killed on March 21 when an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris River near the northern city of Mosul, killing more than 100 people.

The tragedy caused a public outcry amid accusations of negligence against local authorities in Nineveh.

In 2017, Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from the extremist group Islamic State following a devastating campaign.

Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters