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Iraq parliament sacks governor over deadly ferry capsize

Iraq's parliament on Sunday (March 24th) sacked the Ninawa province governor after 100 people died in a ferry disaster, AFP reported.

Most of those killed when the boat sank Thursday in the Tigris river in Mosul were women and children headed for a Mother's Day picnic.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi wrote to parliament on Saturday calling on legislators to fire Ninawa provincial governor Nawfel Akoub, citing "negligence and concrete failings" meriting his dismissal.

His two deputies were also fired during a vote in the national assembly.

Parliament declared those killed in the tragedy "martyrs", allowing their families to receive financial compensation and paving the way for court proceedings.

Sixteen people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the ferry capsize, a security official said.

Authorities say 63 people are still listed as missing.

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