The bill pushers

After more than four years of delay, the heads of the Cabinet and Parliament energy committees appear serious about legislation, despite differing views.
Parliament Oil and Energy Committee Chairman Adnan Janabi (R) gives a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani (L) in April 2011. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - An amended draft oil and gas law has been sent to the full Cabinet, and a law to re-constitute the Iraqi National Oil Co. will receive its second reading in Parliament, as the country's energy leadership tries to move forward on legislation stuck in a political bottleneck for years.

There are disagreements over the purpose and utility of the laws, as well as opposing interpretations of current authority to approve oil deals by the leaders of the Cabinet Energy Committee and the Parliament's Oil and Energy Committee.

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