Iraqi court suspends landmark Baghdad-KRG legal battle

Chief justice says case is indefinitely delayed until the prime minister personally endorses Baghdad’s complaint against the KRG’s independent oil policy.
Iraqi court suspends landmark Baghdad-KRG legal battle
Iraq's Federal Supreme Court at the Aug. 14, 2018, hearing of a lawsuit by the federal Oil Ministry against Kurdistan's oil sector. (Source: Federal Supreme Court media office)

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended a landmark case challenging the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independent oil policy — a further sign that Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi is trying to create space for a political resolution of long-standing disputes.

Chief Justice Midhat Mahmoud said the court would not schedule any new hearing unless Abd al-Mahdi provides a signed statement affirming that he endorses the federal government’s legal action, which is a procedural step he has so far declined to take.

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