Iraqi Premier Names Oil, Electricity Ministers
Baghdad, 6 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iraqi Transitional Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari has settled on the appointments for the posts of oil and electricity ministers, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) and Iraqi media reported on 4 and 5 May.
RFI reported on 4 May that Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum will serve as oil minister. Bahr al-Ulum, a Shi'ite, previously filled the position under the Iraqi Governing Council. Abd al-Muhsin Shalash will serve as electricity minister. Shalash, also a Shi'ite, is head of the Iraqi Free Society Party.
Al-Ja'fari met with his cabinet on 5 May, KUNA reported. The meeting focused on security matters and the state budget, according to a government statement.
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