Rumaila deal challenge now Feb. 1

Federal court hears new arguments, agrees to give time to government to respond to MP's lawsuit challenging legality of BP deal for Rumaila field.

A Baghdad federal court Monday scheduled the next phase of the lawsuit challenging the Rumaila oilfield development contract for Feb. 1.The attorney for Parliamentarian Sheda Musawi presented additional arguments that the contract violates Iraq's Constitution.The multi-step process is typical of such cases, especially one that would have such ramifications in Iraq's oil sector.The government awarded the Rumaila deal to BP and partner the Chinese National Petroleum Corp. at a June 30 ...

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