Parliamentary Finance determines the nature of suspending its meetings: “State Administration” will take over

Parliamentary Finance determines the nature of suspending its meetings: “State Administration” will take over

2023-05-28 03:58

Parliamentary Finance determines the nature of suspending its meetings - State Administration will take overShafaq News / A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Faisal Al-Naeli, specified, on Sunday, the nature of suspending the committee’s meeting, while he revealed a move by the State Administration Coalition to hold a meeting tomorrow, Monday, to resolve the dispute over the general budget.

Al-Naeli explained to Shafaq News agency, “The committee did not stop its work as much as it postponed its meetings in order to give an opportunity for the State Administration coalition to discuss articles related to the Kurdistan Region.”

He added, “The state administration coalition will hold a meeting this evening or tomorrow, Monday, to discuss and resolve the budget, after which a date will be set for approving the general budget law.”

Earlier in the day, the Minister of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Region, Awat Sheikh Janab, considered that any changes to any article in the federal financial budget outside the agreements concluded between Erbil and Baghdad are considered “illegal.”

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 of 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.