That same day Minister Luabi issued his order, Mahdithat Prime Minister Haidar Abadi and President Barham Salah any unconstitutional and illegal actions, appointments and contracts at the last minute. He said his new administration would cancel anything it found illegal. A senior official told Iraq Oil Report this was aimed at Luabi. Mahdi obviously did not like such a sweeping transfer of assets to happen just before he officially took office. That was especially true because the person that did it would have control of those businesses in his new position as INOC head.
Will the switch be reversed? That would seem unlikely as it was part of the plan for the new National company to take over oil operations. It could complicate the relationship between the two especially since Laubi is suppose to answer to the premier.
Iraq News Network, “Abdul Mahdi calls issuance of appointments unconstitutional,” 10/18/18
Kullab, Samya, Al-Aqily, Ali, “Luiebi issues INOC orders with uncertain powers,” Iraq Oil Report, 10/18/18