Oil Ministry Wants to Stay Away from Political Rivalry in Iraq

31 May 2010 – Azzaman

The Ministry of Oil has urged Iraq’s disparate political factions not to meddle in its affairs.
 
The ministry’s spokesman Isam Jihad said launching allegations and lawsuits against the ministry for political gains dose these factions no good.
 
“I advise them not to embark on this path unless they have conclusive evidence,” Jihad said.
 
Jihad was responding to the news reports quoting Iraqi politicians as being critical of the ministry’s performance and citing numerous examples of its what they say are errors contributing to lower oil output figures.
 
“I ask them (political factions) not to throw the oil sector into the middle of their political struggles. They should leave the sector to the specialists to develop and improve oil output figures,” Jihad said.
 
There is no need, he added, to go on accusing the oil ministry of unproved allegations.
 
“Statements about the Ministry of Oil have to be professional and transparent. It is unnecessary to preoccupy the judiciary with issues that are baseless,” he added.
 
The ministry is facing several lawsuits from politicians, blaming oil officials and departments for not doing their job properly.
 
No lawsuit has succeeded so far.
 
One lawsuit was turned down by the courts, following lengthy trial. It was launched by Shadha al-Mawsai, a member of parliament.
 
The court has now asked Shadha to pay the trial costs estimated at 300 million dinars, about $250,000.

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