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The Iraqi way to bad government

When the Iraqi minister of state for tourism and archaeology affairs, Hashem al-Hashemy, was appointed acting oil minister last week, it was met by a collective shrug of the shoulders. The sense of resignation, from the public and some politicians, could be because Mr Hashemy will hold the oil portfolio – where security and infrastructure problems have caused petroleum production to drop sharply in recent months – only until the formation of a new cabinet in the next few months. Or it could be that this case provides a perfect example of an inherent problem dogging Iraqi politics. Full Story

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