On Monday, the Nineveh Provincial Council elected Mansour al-Mar'eed as the province's new governor, following the sacking of Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan over Mosul ferryboat incident.
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.
Sirwan Rozhbayani was also elected as first deputy governor with 26 votes, the reporter added.
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 called for al-Sultan’s sacking. He has officially been charged with corruption and there is a warrant out for he arrest.
The owner of the ferry and his son are already in custody.