Q&A: Ashti Hawrami Part 2

The head of KRG oil policy details his interpretation of the Constitution and how it applies to his oil deals, the oil deals of Baghdad, and the delayed oil law.
Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdish minister of natural resources, in his office. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Since the passage of the Iraqi Constitution in 2005, the oil sector has been cleaved in two by a fundamental disagreement over the distribution of state powers.

Leaders in Baghdad envision centralized control of the oil sector, while the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has claimed the autonomous authority to sign contracts and manage the development of its fields.

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