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Mansour al-Mar'eed elected as new Governor of Nineveh

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2019-05-13

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SULAIMANI — Mansour al-Mar'eed has been elected as the new Governor of Nineveh.

The Provincial Council met on Monday (May 13) to replace Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan, who was sacked by the Council of Representatives following the deadly sinking of ferry in the city of Mosul on March 21.

An NRT Digital Media reporter said Mar’eed was elected with votes from 28 members of the Nineveh Provincial Council. He is a member of the Ataa Movement, which is a part of the Bina bloc.

The Atta Movement is closely linked with National Security Adviser Falih al-Fayyadh and al-Fateh Alliance.

Sirwan Rozhbayani was also elected as first deputy governor with 26 votes, the reporter added. Rozhbayani  is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Voting to elect the second deputy was postponed.

The disaster claimed the lives of more than 100 people, mostly women and children who could not swim. The ferry was overloaded with more than twice the safe capacity on-board.

Many blamed corruption on the part of the governorate's officials for allowing the ferry to operate unsafely. 

Several days after the sinking, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi called for al-Sultan's sacking. He has officially been charged with corruption and there is a warrant out for his arrest.

The owner of the ferry and his son are already in custody.

(NRT Digital Media)