Iraqiya nets Parliament oil committee leadership

Top posts in key committees are doled out as the new legislature begins to take shape.
Iraqiya nets Parliament oil committee leadership
Iraqi Parliament members raising their hands to vote for the new Iraqi cabinet formed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on December 21, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. The government has faced numerous obstacles, from security to corruption, and has yet to move forward on an oil law. (Photo by Iraqi Prime Minister Office via Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - As Iraq’s new Parliament prepares for a season of legislation that could reverberate through the country’s ethno-sectarian rifts, key committee leadership posts have been handed out to blocs from across the country’s political spectrum.

Former oil man Adnan al-Janabi, loyal to ex-Prime Minster Ayad Allawi, has been named chairman of the Iraqi Parliament's Oil and Energy Committee. In exchange, Allawi’s Iraqiya party has yielded leadership of the Legal Affairs Committee to Khalid Shwani of the Kurdistan Alliance. And Haider al-Abadi, a top official for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, will head the Finance Committee.

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