Election shakes up Parliament’s oil seats

Oil Minister Shahristani gets seat riding Maliki's wave while only one of the current members of Parliament's Oil & Gas Committee will return to the legislature.

Hussain al-Shahristani survived nearly four years as oil minister, but did not exactly get a ringing endorsement from the electorate in Baghdad, where he stood as a candidate in the March 7 elections. He will receive a seat in Parliament only because the leader of his coalition, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, received hundreds of thousands more votes than he needs, which are allocated to other candidates in Maliki's party.There will be more new faces than old when the Parliament is eventual...

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