As Nouri al-Maliki's administration pursues new legislation to structure the oil sector, one theme has become clear: the prime minister wants the Cabinet to have control.
Shortly after the Parliament energy committee submitted a draft oil and gas law for consideration, the Cabinet issued a strong rebuke and asserted its lead role in the legislative process. Then the Cabinet passed a draft of its own, which would concentrate authority over the oil sector in the executive branch, according to a review of the proposed law.
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