Posts Tagged ‘Bahr al-Uloum’
5 May 2006
Talks on forming Iraq’s next government seem to be edging closer toward an agreement on the main portfolios, including the Oil Ministry, and an announcement could be made as early as next week, Iraqi sources said Thursday.
Two candidates emerged this week as the strongest candidates for the oil portfolio: former Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban, a technocrat who is backed by several parties including some in the largest parliamentary bloc, the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, and Hussein al-Shahristani, a physicist who heads an independent bloc within the …
9 August 2006
More than two months after taking over Iraq’s embattled oil sector and pledging to fight corruption, Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani is taking timid steps to put the ministry back on track.
Al-Shahristani’s first move has been to oust directors-general who were appointed on political merit or as a result of pressure from influential politicians. The purge involves about six employees who were brought in as directors but did not head any of the ministry’s directorates.
“He gave them a choice either to take early retirement or …
29 April 2005
Three months after Iraqis voted in national elections, the first Shiite-led government in Iraq’s modern history has won the support of the elected National Assembly. However, protracted negotiations among political factions and differences within the biggest Shiite bloc mean that the positions of two deputy premiers and five ministers, including the oil portfolio, have yet to be filled.
In a sign of the difficult horse-trading since the Jan. 30 elections, the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, has been appointed acting oil minister, in addition …