Jabbar al-Luaibi was sworn in as Iraq’s new Oil minister on 15 August and has wasted no time in getting to grips with his new mandate.

Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi had been acting oil minister since May, following ‘Adil ‘Abd al-Mahdi’s announcement in March that he would be absent from office until parliament examined his resignation. Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh al-Nema took over day-to-day responsibility.

Mr Luaibi was previously nominated for the position...