A decisive week awaits the Iraqi budget and the disagreement of Kurdistan’s share is shrinking to two articles

A decisive week awaits the Iraqi budget and the disagreement of Kurdistan’s share is shrinking to two articles

2021-02-09 02:15

A decisive week awaits the Iraqi budget and the disagreement of Kurdistans share is shrinking to two articlesShafaq News / Representatives from a different bloc confirmed, on Tuesday, that this week will be crucial for approving the 2021 budget, noting that MPs from some other blocs and the Parliamentary Finance Committee oppose the approval of two budget articles related to the Kurdistan Region’s share.

The deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Dana al-Katib, said in a statement to Shafaq News that the federal budget for 2021 is heading to a difficult situation, especially with regard to the region’s share, specifically Articles 11 and 12 of it.

He added that the issue “has become political and complex, and our dependence will be on intentions and the constitution, and I think we have passed important obstacles,” noting that with regard to the Kurdistan Region oil file, “We have put forward a gesture that we will deliver the oil after paying the companies’ dues and the internal use of what remains of the oil will be in the hands of Baghdad.”

The writer continued, “Unfortunately, some political forces want to manage the oil file on their own,” warning that “the Oil Ministry will not bear the management of this complex file now, and I think it is better for political understandings to remain present in approving the budget as a first stage.”

The writer pointed out that passing the budget without political understandings “will lead to more crisis and complicate matters more, and the relationship between the federal government and the region will be negative.”

For its part, the MP for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Rizan Sheikh Dleir, confirmed to Shafaq News, “We are in favor of paragraphs 11-12 of the budget, but unfortunately some political blocs and the representatives and rapporteurs of the Finance Committee do not agree on the two paragraphs.”

She indicated that “the MPs object to handing over 250 thousand barrels per day to the region, and they want the percentage to be greater, and I do not think that there will be an agreement in this regard with the Kurdish blocs and thus the budget will not be passed.”

She held Sheikh Dleir responsible for that of the two governments in Baghdad and Erbil, noting that “the Kurdistan region is going through a difficult situation, there is a bad financial and economic crisis and there is a delay in the payment of salaries and a solution must be found.”

In turn, the deputy member of the parliamentary “Hope” coalition, Rebwar Karim, explained to Shafaq News, “We support the text in the budget sent by the Iraqi government to the House of Representatives, and I hope that the regional government will fulfill its constitutional and federal duties and that the Iraqi government pledges to implement all its obligations towards the people of Kurdistan.” “.

He continued, “We do not want the citizen to be a victim of conflicts and disputes between political blocs that are concerned only with their partisan interests,” expressing his hope that there will be “political consensus on the 2021 budget, which is important for the success of the political process and setting it in the right direction, and we are with any position that serves the citizen in a region.” We will vote on Kurdistan, and we will see it in its interest. ”

Article 11 of the draft federal budget law for the year 2021 stipulates: the settlement of financial dues between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region for the years 2004 until 2020 after auditing them, and the Federal Ministry of Finance, starting from the year 2021, downloads the debt installments owed by the Kurdistan Region granted to it by the Iraqi Commercial Bank. It is scheduled for ten years.

It also provides for the Kurdistan Regional Government to deliver 250 thousand barrels per day of crude oil produced from its fields, and to hand over oil and non-oil revenues exclusively to the state treasury, as well as to disburse the salaries of the Peshmerga for the year 2021 out of the allocations allocated within the region’s budget and employees’ compensation.

Article 12 of the budget stipulates that the federal ministries stop appointments within their affiliated formations, impose an income tax on all those affiliated with state departments, and deduct 40% of the salaries of the three presidencies and the Supreme Judicial Council, and 30% of the salaries of ministers and MPs and those of their rank, in addition to a sales tax With 20% on mobile phone and internet packing services, 20% on cigarettes, tobacco and alcoholic beverages, 10% on car sales, 25,000 dinars for an external flight ticket, and 10,000 for domestic airline tickets.