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US News Iraq now has a complete government

20:55  06 june  2020
20:55  06 june  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  L'Irak a désormais un gouvernement complet © Provided by Le Point

Iraqi deputies gave their confidence on Saturday to seven new ministers, notably allocating the key oil portfolio in one of the countries richest in black gold in the world.

This vote thus allows Prime Minister Moustafa al-Kazimi to complete his cabinet of 22 ministers.

Ihssan Ismaïl, currently head of the Basra Oil Company (BOC), the public company in charge of the southern fields of Iraq , the largest in the country, inherits the post of Minister of Petroleum.

It thus takes charge of the thorny issue of crude revenues, in free fall on the world markets but vital for Iraq which draws more than 90% of its budget and all its currencies.

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The former Minister of Finance Fouad Hussein, a Kurd who is said to be very close to the leader Massoud Barzani , sponsor of the policy of the autonomous region, inherits him from Foreign Affairs.

This position is strategic for a country which must reconnect with its neighbors but also the world powers after having almost become the theater of a war by proxy between Americans and Iranians at the beginning of the year.

"With today's vote, my government is now complete. This is vital for implementing our program and achieving what we have promised the Iraqis, who are waiting for deeds and not words," immediately tweeted. Mr. Kazimi.

Mr. Kazimi had already managed to get 159 Iraqi MPs to accept 15 ministers almost a month ago today.

His predecessor Adel Abdel Mahdi had resigned in December without having managed to complete his cabinet after more than a year in power.

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