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No progress on budget bill without prior agreement: Maliki

  2021-03-07  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Iraq's former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – An article that related to the Kurdistan Region’s share in 2021 federal budget bill, won’t be put to a vote without a prior agreement, said Nouri al-Maliki secretary general of the al-Dawa party.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government have been in long-running negotiations regarding the amount of oil or in-kind and a portion of non-oil incomes it should submit to the federal authority to receive its budget share in return.

But contentious issues in the draft-budget law are yet to be addressed between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Region.

Nouri al-Maliki, former Iraqi Prime Minister and current secretary general of the al-Dawa party, said “I don’t think that the Region’s budget share will be put to a vote without a prior agreement.”

A number of members of Iraqi Parliament seek to categorize the number of barrels of oil that the Kurdistan Region has to send to Baghdad, he added.

“The Region has not exported any amount of oil through Baghdad, that is why it cannot ask for financial rights,” Maliki said.

The KRG started withholding salaries in 2016 following the budget freeze by the federal government and the recapture of the disputed oil-rich governorate of Kirkuk by the federal security forces that reduced almost 60 percent of its capacity to export oil.

(Zhyan English)