Iraq's Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban stated that Iraq would go ahead with plans to increase production of oil, gas and derivatives, according to a statement from the Oil Ministry on Friday.
Ghadhban was sworn in as Iraq's new oil minister Wednesday evening, following a chaotic vote on the government formed by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi.
The selection of Ghadhban to lead the Oil Ministry has set off a renewed wave of anger across the province of Basra, which had demanded the oil minister position be granted to someone from the oil-rich province that produces 80 percent of the country's oil.
Basra has been suffering from a lack of basic services and its water has reached dangerous levels of pollution, sending thousands to hospitals due to water-poisoning. Residents had taken to protesting the federal government in Baghdad, accusing it of forsaking them. They have threatened more protests over not having a minister selected from the province to serve in the new government of Abdul Mahdi.