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Q&A: Adnan Janabi

An oil industry expert now chairs the Parliament's Oil and Energy Committee. Adnan Janabi talks about short-term priorities for key oil laws and relations between Baghdad and the KRG.
Adnan Janabi, the head of Parliament's oil and energy committee, briefs the press on February 23, 2011 in Baghdad. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

As the head of Parliament’s new Oil and Energy Committee, Adnan Janabi is taking responsibility for pushing forward the long-delayed legislation that will govern Iraq’s oil sector.

Before the 2010 national election, Janabi was mentioned as a possible candidate for oil minister. He was an early player in the post-2003 Iraqi government formation process, serving as a minister of state during Ayad Allawi's tenure as prime minister.

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