BOC Boss to Head Iraqi Oil Ministry

By John Lee.

Iraq's parliament has approved the appointment of the former head of the Basra Oil Company (BOC) as Minister for Oil.

Variously named as Ihsan Ismaeel, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail, and Ihsan Ismaael, he was one of seven cabinet ministers approved on Saturday, completing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's 22-member government.

The other posts filled were foreign affairs, trade, culture, agriculture, justice and migration.

According to Al Jazeera, Fuad Hussein, who served as finance minister in the previous government, is the only member of the old government to join the new team, returning as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The veteran Kurdish politician is reported to be close to Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani.

(Sources: AFP, Iraq Oil Report, Reuters, Al Jazeera)

2 Responses to BOC Boss to Head Iraqi Oil Ministry

  1. Ibn Al Iraq 8th June 2020 at 18:17 #


    hopefully this will be the last nail in the coffin!!

    all prevailing political parties have to be prosecuted, make them pay and kicked out

    more than eight months of unrest, demonstrations and life losses all over Iraq yet new government is as bad as their predecessors with loud speeches and hardly and action!

    God help Iraq & Iraqis

  2. Syed Alam 12th June 2020 at 01:21 #

    Hi Everyone
    My heartily congratulations to Mr. Abdul Jabbar for his new role as Head of Iraqi Oil Ministry. Very well deserve.
    I had a privilege to meet you Sir once when I was visiting Iraq for some Project work with our JV partners in IRAQ.
    May dreams come to true to Iraq take a stand in international market.
    Once again congratulations and GOOD LUCK.
    With Best Regards
    RSGx - Resource Services Group