Hawrami in advisory role with new KRG cabinet

Ashti Hawrami, head of the Ministry of Natural Resources since 2006, to play key transition role over next two years but was not re-nominated as minister.
Hawrami in advisory role with new KRG cabinet
KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani speaks to the region's Parliament following approval of his Cabinet on July 10, 2019. (Source: KRG media office)

ERBIL - Masrour Barzani, the new prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has finalized his Cabinet with a nearly complete shakeup – and will formally oversee a leaderless Ministry of Natural Resources, moving oil sector architect Ashti Hawrami to an advisory post after 13 years as minister.

The regional Parliament approved Barzani's government on Wednesday without a minister of natural resources, and what operational role Hawrami will play as advisor remains unclear. Vital to oil company investors, the minister sits on the five-member KRG Oil and Gas Council, which is the ultimate decision maker for significant contracts and direction within the KRG's energy sector.

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