New post to coordinate all energy policies allows PM Maliki to retain power in case he doesn't keep Oil Ministry.
Published Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
BAGHDAD - Hussain al-Shahristani will continue steering Iraq’s energy sector, but not in his current capacities as minister of oil and acting minister of electricity. Instead, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will tap Shahristani, a fellow member of the State of Law coalition, for a newly created post as deputy prime minister for oil and electricity issues.
The move ensures that Maliki will keep a hand on the tiller of Iraq’s energy sector, even if he’s forced to award leadership of the Oil or Electricity ministry to other parties in his fractious governing coalition.
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