Parliament rebuffs Cabinet oil law

The Parliament's oil and energy committee has voted against the Cabinet's draft oil law, reviving the debate over long-delayed, crucial legislation.
Parliament rebuffs Cabinet oil law
Adnan Janabi (R), the chairman of the Parliament's oil and energy committee, gives a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani in February 2011. Janabi's committee voted on April 18, 2012 to set aside a draft oil law favored by Shahristani, and instead consider competing versions of that legislation. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Parliament's oil and energy committee is resuming its efforts to push forward long-delayed oil legislation – and as a first step, it has voted to set aside a draft favored by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

On April 18 the committee voted on whether to move ahead with a draft oil law proposed by the Cabinet last summer, according to multiple committee members. By a vote of seven to six, with three abstentions, the committee decided to set that version aside.

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