Iraq's Oil and Gas Law Threatens Stability of Govt

Not everyone agreed with Faraj: Bayazid Hassan, one of the Baghdad MPs belonging to another Kurdish political party, the Change Movement, a smaller independent party that broke away from the main political parties in the region in 2006, felt that a lot of statements being made about the federal oil and gas law were driven by selfish interests.

“What is happening now is being driven by personal and partisan interests,” Hassan, who is also a member of the federal commission on oil and energy, told NIQASH. “If the law is passed, then details of oil contracts signed by the region will have to be revealed.”

The opposition parties in Iraqi Kurdistan have been calling upon the state government to show them details of the contracts for around 12 months now.

In order to combat these accusations, and effectively remove those objections from the Kurdish agenda on the federal oil and gas law, the region’s Prime Minister Barham Saleh called a meeting on Sept. 20. There he passed out copies of the contracts to the leaders of the various blocs in the state’s parliament. The contracts were also published on the regional government’s website so that all Kurdish citizens could see them. During the meeting Saleh repeated that the Iraqi Kurdish government was committed to maintaining standards set for the oil business by Transparency International.

Meanwhile often critical independent Kurdish MP, Mahmoud Othman, said that it was important not just to focus on this new draft of the federal oil and gas law. Back in 2010, in order to get Kurdish politicians to support his political bloc, and in order to form the ruling coalition with which he now runs the country, al-Maliki agreed to 18 out of 19 conditions set by Kurdish MPs.

Some of the conditions were specifically related to Kurdish concerns, such as federal funding for the Kurdish Peshmerga, one arm of the military in the fiercely independent, semi-autonomous state as well as Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution which addresses disputed lands that both the Kurdish and the central Iraqi governments lay claim to.

“The oil and gas law is just as important as the other unresolved problems,” Othman argued. “But federal law cannot be passed this way. It is a violation of the constitution.”

(Source: NIQASH)

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2 Responses to Iraq's Oil and Gas Law Threatens Stability of Govt

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    Re da Caste
    4th October 2011 at 13:33 #

    This 18 issues Maliki agreed upon need also to be implemented! Agree is one thing, but agree without be proved in practice is a total different matter. Maliki is not to trust!

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    Matt Ward
    5th October 2011 at 03:56 #

    How does all of this effect the revaluation of the dinar?