Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim

The governor responds to critics who held a vote Thursday to remove him from office.
Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim
Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim (center) visits Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Daquq, 45 kilometers south of Kirkuk city, on June 25, 2014. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - Najmaldin Karim has always been a Kurdish nationalist, but as governor of Kirkuk for the past six years he's had to balance the interests of his multi-ethnic constituency.

He's maintained an aura of exceptionalism for the province, publicly keeping his distance from many of the disputes between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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