Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday voiced his support for the Kurdish Regional Government's (KRG) controversial independence referendum in a move that defies regional and worldwide powers opposing the vote.
The decision to remove Najmaddin Kareem came after Kirkuk - claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - voted to take part in a referendum set for September 25 on Kurdish independence. He therefore said that the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi did not have the right to send his name to the parliament to table a vote of confidence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday declared his country's support for an independent Kurdish state ahead of a regional referendum in northern Iraq.
Turkey and the USA are also opposed to the vote, with Ankara saying regional stability depended on Iraq's unity and territorial integrity.
The referendum has been opposed by Baghdad because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and would distract the ongoing fight against the Islamic State by the Iraqi forces.
In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We stress the KRG needs to consider that there will absolutely be a price for insisting on... holding a referendum despite all the friendly suggestions [to do otherwise]".
The Kurdish presidency said the autonomous region's political leaders would study the proposal, without giving details.
Israel's apparent support for the referendum has been roundly condemned in pro-government Turkish media.
The move came after Iraq's parliament voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of Kurdish independence.
He said Iran and Turkey believe that if the referendum is held, it would be a basis for more tensions and conflicts in Iraq.
They regard the city, just outside their Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, as their historical capital.
The Kurds are spread across the region, with large populations in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.