Polarized by the dispute over President Barzani's tenure, rivals factions in Kurdistan are targeting Ashti Hawrami with political attacks and a legal investigation.
Public-sector employees are losing patience with a government hobbled by a financial crisis and internal political squabbling over the presidency.
Iraq exports remained steady due to strong southern output, offsetting losses in the north, where Kurdistan has appropriated all federal production into independent sales.
The PKK does not intend to make further attacks on the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey's Ceyhan port, though other Turkish infrastructure remains in the crosshairs.
On the sidelines of OPEC meetings, Abd al-Mahdi discusses Iraq's record exports, oil company payments, the relationship with Kurdistan, and new projects on the horizon.
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