Kurdish Civil Servants Fired for Voting for Opposition Party

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Assyrian International News Agency
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(AINA) — Kurdish civil workers who voted for the opposition party in the July 25 Kurdish elections in north Iraq have been dismissed from their jobs, according to Rozhnama newspaper. In the Dokan sub-district, North Iraq, a significant number of Kurdish public sector employees have been dismissed because of their support for the Change List, which won 25 seats in the elections. Rozhnama reports that between May 31 and August 9, approximately 95 employees in law enforcement, Asayeesh, and Pesh Merga units were fired — most of those dismissed supported the Change List.
This follows a similar pattern which occurred after the January 31, 2009 provincial elections in the Nineveh Province. Several Assyrian civil servants were fired for not voting for the pro-Kurdish slate (AINA 2-20-2009).
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