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Iraq parliament impeaches defence minister

A majority of Iraqi lawmakers voted to oust Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (C) over corruption charges that he deniesIraqi lawmakers on Thursday voted to impeach Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi over corruption allegations, MPs said. Obeidi lost a no confidence vote by 142 to 102 in a secret ballot, while 18 abstained, two members of parliament told AFP. The vote removes one of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s key Sunni allies from government and comes as Iraqi forces ramp up preparations for an offensive against Mosul, the Islamic State group’s last major stronghold in the country.

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