An important meeting to discuss two articles in the budget for the Kurdistan Region

An important meeting to discuss two articles in the budget for the Kurdistan Region

2023-05-29 04:02

An important meeting to discuss two articles in the budget for the Kurdistan RegionShafaq News/ The State Administration Coalition is scheduled to hold, on Monday evening, a special meeting about the Kurdistan Region’s share in the state’s general budget.

The State Administration Coalition includes “the Coordination Framework, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Sovereignty, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Azm, and Babylon.”

An informed source told Shafaq News agency that the meeting will focus on Articles 13 and 14 of the Iraqi budget bill, which was previously agreed upon.

The coordination framework had held a meeting last night in Baghdad to prepare for the meeting of the State Administration Coalition on Monday.

Yesterday, a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Faisal Al-Naeli, revealed to Shafaq News Agency, a move by the State Administration Coalition to hold a meeting (today, Monday), to resolve the dispute over the general budget, explaining that the committee did not stop its work as much as it postponed its meetings for the purpose of giving an opportunity for the State Administration Coalition to discuss articles Articles related to the Kurdistan Region.

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, had expressed “deep concern” about what he called the changes that affected the paragraphs of the Iraqi general budget bill related to the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region, and said that he rejected them “completely.”

And before that, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, said, “A group in the Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament made changes to the draft federal budget, violating a prior agreement we concluded with the State of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani and his government,” noting that “the agreement that is the cornerstone For cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad, and everyone must respect its clauses.

Last Thursday, the Parliamentary Finance Committee voted to oblige the Kurdistan Region to pay 10% on a monthly basis from the salaries deducted to its employees, while this was included in the budget amendments that are being discussed.

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Mustafa Sanad, also confirmed the committee’s vote to amend paragraphs related to the region in the budget law, regarding its delivery of oil, while pointing to the withdrawal of the Democratic Party bloc representatives from the meeting.

And the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved, on the 13th of last March, the largest financial budget in the history of the country, which exceeded 197 trillion and 828 billion Iraqi dinars (about 152.2 billion dollars), with a total deficit of 63 trillion Iraqi dinars, taking advantage of the rise in oil prices globally. , which constitutes more than 95% of the country’s financial revenues, amid objections from financial and legal experts regarding the budget items, but it has not yet been approved due to disagreements.