New power minister promises review

Abdul Karim Aftan pledges a thorough review of senior staff and all ongoing projects, as the Electricity Ministry reels from outcry over corruption allegations and inadequate power supply.
A worker at the Daura Power Plant during the summer 2010 heat wave. (GRAHAM CROUCH/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Parliament confirmed Abdul Karim Aftan as the country's next electricity minister, two months after a contracting scandal led to the ouster of the previous minister.

A 60-year-old mechanical engineer, Aftan is taking over a troubled ministry that has recently been rocked by corruption allegations and has failed to close the gap between Iraq's rising electricity demand and its stagnant supply. The new minister is promising reform.

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