Dean of deferred laws
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Ahmed Abdel Hussein
The Oil and Gas Law is a clear example of the impact that political differences can have on the entire body of the state, not only on its present situation but also on subsequent generations.
This law has a long “history” of push and pull, progress, delay, push, and procrastination, which corresponds exactly to the history of the tensions that have been holding the stranglehold of the political process since the change until today. It has been subject to continuous postponement for 15 years, and the controversial points in it multiply as it delays. Today, these points have become exactly 11 points, and they fall exclusively between the visions of both the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
I do not think that there is a law presented to the House of Representatives that is more important, has a more dangerous impact, and is more detrimental to the lives of Iraqis and their future than the Oil and Gas Law, because it relates to the oil wealth, which is the mainstay of Iraq’s life and the sole foundation of its economy.
Today, there is talk again about this very important law, and there are expectations that it will be approved after the next local elections, but we are not waiting for a miracle to happen to us to end the controversial points. It is incumbent on all parties to keep the highest interest of the Iraqi citizen in mind and to ease a little the rigidity and tension that has made them Isolated islands, each of which only thinks about its own interests, which do not go beyond their sect, nationality, party, or - sometimes - their person.
This law relates to an issue that concerns the life of Iraq as a state and a people, and if the history of the political blocs in abandoning their narrow interests does not make us hopeful, then that history, despite its faults, will be insignificant before the adoption of this law that preserves the wealth of Iraqis and their future generations.
Will we witness an easing of pressures and positions by politicians to celebrate the difficult birth of this law, or will the matter remain as it is and maintain its title as “the dean of deferred Iraqi laws”?
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