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Iraq Appoints New Oil Minister After Yearlong Political Impasse

Ministers of the new Iraqi government sworn in during the parliamentary session in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 27. 

Ministers of the new Iraqi government sworn in during the parliamentary session in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 27. 

Source: Iraq Parliament

Iraq’s parliament voted in new government ministers, including for the oil portfolio in the OPEC member state which had been rocked by deadly clashes and protests throughout a year of internal political conflict.

Hayyan Abdul Ghani, a former director general of the South Gas Co., was appointed as oil minister to succeed Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, according to the parliament media office. Abdul Ghani was also previously director general of Basra Oil Co., according to a resume provided by the parliament media office. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.