Uncertainty after Parliament ousts Iraq’s finance minister

Then-Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, now Finance Minister, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad on June 23, 2014. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)
A long-serving lynchpin in Iraq’s government was ousted over corruption allegations, leaving up to $18 billion in loans and Iraq’s draft 2017 federal budget hanging in the balance.
  • An Iraqi worker adjusts a control valve at the Daura oil refinery on November 5, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. (MUHANNAD FALA'AH/Getty Images)

    Billions in IMF loans hinge on better 2017 budget, auditors

    The International Monetary Fund is broadly happy with Iraq's efforts at meeting requirements of a $5.3 billion loan, including its improved performance on IOC payments, but has asked for a revised 2017 budget and insists on an independent auditor to verify Iraq's fiscal data.

  • Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema speaks with reporters on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2, 2016. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

    Q&A: Senior Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema

    The second most senior Iraqi oil official talks about plans to keep up production during a financial squeeze, and the terms for delivering crude to a Kurdish refinery, Ceyhan and Iran.

  • A worker climbs a drilling rig at the Rumaila oil field. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

    Iraq posts modest but sustained oil gains

    Production and export growth to continue, but short-term gains still held back by financial crisis and contractor uncertainty.

  • Q&A: Oil Minister Jabbar Allibi

    Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar Allibi. (Source: Ministry of Oil)

    The newly confirmed minister is seeking a "quiet" environment for improving relationships with both international oil companies and the Kurdistan government.

  • Q&A: Deputy Oil Minister Hamid Younis Salih

    Younis Nema GE signing

    The deputy minister for gas affairs discusses Iraq's rising LPG and condensates exports, as well as the future of major projects currently stalled by security problems.

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Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Sept. 18, 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Council of Ministers meeting on Sept. 18, 2016, in Baghdad. (Source: Iraqi Cabinet Media Office)

Whenever the media office of the Council of Ministers releases decisions of the Cabinet, Iraq Oil Report publishes a translation from the original Arabic.