Ali Allawi to be acting Iraqi oil minister

New finance minister takes on oil portfolio after political pressure derailed original proposed by new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Ali Allawi to be acting Iraqi oil minister
Newly appointed Finance Minister Ali Allawi (left) formally takes over the portfolio from Fuad Hussein in a handover ceremony in Baghdad on May 7, 2020. Hussein was made Foreign Minister on June 6. (Source: Iraqi Prime Minister's media office)

Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi will manage the oil portfolio until an oil minister is approved by Parliament, according to multiple officials close to the newly appointed government.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who became Iraq's prime minister along with 15 ministers in an early Thursday Parliament session, has issued an executive order adding the oil responsibility to Allawi's role. It is unclear if that order has been signed yet as of publication.

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