Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

Anger, grief sweep Iraq's Mosul as ferry disaster toll hits 100

The Iraqi parliament on Sunday voted to sack the governor of Nineveh Province after the ferry sinking in the provincial capital Mosul that killed 96 people, the official television reported.

As the death toll in Thursday's ferry disaster in northern Iraq continues to rise, the banks of the Tigris River in Mosul are witnessing anger and despair as families anxiously look for those who are still missing.

The majority of victims were women and children who could not swim, Husam Khalil, head of the Civil Defence Authority in Mosul, told the Reuters news agency.

Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said on Thursday that nine people had been detained over the deadly accident.

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.

Residents of Iraq's second city, scarred by years of jihadist rule, demanded justice as Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi decreed three days of national mourning following Thursday's accident.

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On Friday, angry protesters assailed al-Akoub's convoy and prevented it from reaching the site of the disaster, witnesses said.

Abdul Mahdi's letter to parliament accused Sultan of negligence, dereliction of duty, and said there was evidence he was misusing public funds and abusing power.

Governor Nawfal Hammadi Al Sultan has already been subjected to the anger of victims' relatives and their supporters over alleged corruption and cronyism.

The sinking is the gravest accident in Mosul since the city was liberated from extremist Islamic State militants in late 2017.

Local residents have blamed the accident on overcrowding, saying the ill-fated ferryboat had only a 50-passenger capacity.

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