Q&A: Ashti Hawrami Part 2

The head of KRG oil policy details his interpretation of the Constitution and how it applies to his oil deals, the oil deals of Baghdad, and the delayed oil law.
Q&A: Ashti Hawrami Part 2
Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdish minister of natural resources, in his office. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

Since the passage of the Iraqi Constitution in 2005, the oil sector has been cleaved in two by a fundamental disagreement over the distribution of state powers.Leaders in Baghdad envision centralized control of the oil sector, while the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has claimed the autonomous authority to sign contracts and manage the development of its fields.The Constitution requires Parliament to pass a modern oil law, which holds the potential to create a unified framework for Ira...

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