UPDATE: Hayan Abdulghani confirmed to lead Oil Ministry as Sudani takes power

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani formed a government and took office as prime minister, providing initial details on his program for Iraq's energy sector.
Hayan Abdulghani, then-director general of the South Gas Company, speaks to Iraq Oil Report in his Basra office on Dec. 6, 2018. (ALI AL-AQILY/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The veteran Iraqi oil man Hayan Abdulghani was confirmed as the country's next oil minister Thursday, as Mohammed Shia al-Sudani assembled a Cabinet and took office as prime minister.

The formation of a new government ends a year of limbo for Iraq and its oil sector following October 2021 national elections — a period in which the caretaker government of former Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was both politically and legally constrained from addressing strategic initiatives including national budget legislation, major oil and gas projects, and negotiations with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over oil powers and revenue sharing.

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