No 36



'Ulum Chosen As Oil Minister

Contrary to all expectations, the first oil minister in post-Saddam Husain Iraq is not Thamir al-Ghadhban who had been occupying the position in an unofficial capacity since the war but Ibrahim Bahr al-'Ulum, a graduate in petroleum engineering from the universities of Baghdad and New Mexico in the US where, in 1991, he received his doctorate. In his professional career he has worked as a petroleum engineer in Kuwait, the North...