A number of people in Basra announced their rejection of news reports Wednesday concerning incoming Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's candidate for the Ministry
of Oil, as the apparent candidate is not from Basra.
In a statement to Ayn al-Iraq News, people in Basra said, "We received unofficial, however certain, news about names of candidates to fill some ministries in the next Iraqi government, including the Ministry of Oil."
"According to what was published, the candidate for this ministry is from outside the province of Basra, which exports more than 80 percent of Iraq's oil, so we, the people of Basra, [express] our strong opposition to this nomination," they added.
According to sources, former Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban was nominated to retake control of the ministry. Ghadhban is a native of Babylon, away from oil-rich Basra.
They called on parliament members not to vote for the current Oil Ministry candidate, adding that the people of Basra would otherwise launch mass demonstrations throughout the province and "cut off the roads leading to all the oil fields."