Ali Maarij to be named Iraq’s deputy oil minister

Current deputy, Laith al-Shahir, former head of legal directorate, reaches mandatory retirement age.
Ali Maarij, director general of the Missan Oil Co. (right), with then-Deputy Oil Minister Abdul Karim Luaibi and then-Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, with officials of the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corp., at the signing of the Missan oil fields contract. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

Ali Maarij, the head of the Iraqi Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), has been tapped to become a deputy oil minister, replacing the retiring Laith al-Shahir, three Iraqi Oil Ministry officials and one oil industry official have said.

A replacement for director general at the PCLD has not been named. Seemingly the only way Shahir could avoid retirement is if an exception waiver was granted, which allows for key officials to delay the application of Iraq's retirement mandate.

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