KIRKUK, IRAQ - Manna al-Obeidi, born in 1943, has been retired from his post as director general of the North Oil Company, the state oil production firm responsible for a quarter of Iraq's oil output.
The move has angered workers, including those in leadership of the unions, who say Obeidi's replacement should be originally from the northern city of Kirkuk, raising the specter the region's sectarian problems flowing further into the oil sector.
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