Mandatory retirement further strains Oil Ministry capacity

Senior Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema is retiring – the latest top ministry official to leave his post after a new law reduced the mandatory retirement age.
Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema speaks with reporters on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting in Vienna on June 2, 2016. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA/BAGHDAD - Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema, one of the ministry's most experienced and trusted executives, is retiring from his post at the end of March.

His departure is likely to reduce the capacity of the ministry's executive ranks, at a time when Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban – who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister for Energy – is being called on to perform many functions of outgoing Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi following his quasi-resignation.

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