Middle East Economic Survey


No 15



Talabani Is First Post-Saddam Iraqi President, Shia Oil Minister Likely

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was sworn in on 7 April as Iraqs first president in the post-Saddam Husain era, a day after being elected to the post by parliament. His vice presidents are Shia former Finance Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi and Sunni tribal leader Ghazi Yawar. Islamist Shia Ibrahim Jafari was named as prime minister. The list of cabinet ministers is...