Iraq Without Finance, Defense Chiefs as Zebari Ousted

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Hoshyar Zebari speaks during a press conference in Baghdad on Jan. 21.

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Iraqi lawmakers voted to oust Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari amid allegations he misused public funds, a move that may deepen the country’s political crisis as it prepares for a decisive battle against Islamic State militants.

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