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Fresh Erbil-Baghdad agreement 'canceled'

  2021-03-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
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 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Shia blocs from the Iraqi parliament added a new section for the Article Eleven of the draft 2021 Federal Budget Law, troubling a fresh understanding with the Kurdish delegation hours ahead of an expected parliamentary vote on the budget.

The newly suggested section added to the Article Eleven will oblige the KRG to abide by each term of the agreement, otherwise it will not receive financial entitlements from Baghdad.

Late on Friday night (March 19), an understating was reached between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation, which would have the KRG to submit not less than 250,000 barrels of oil per day and half of its non-oil incomes to the federal government. 

The Iraqi parliament is scheduled to convene on Saturday (March 20) in the evening to put into vote the draft 2021 Federal Budget Law for final approval.

But Kurdish lawmakers said they will boycott the session for the voting to face lack of quorum, blaming the new section which has been suggested by the Shia blocs.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Government of Iraq have been in long-running talks for months to reach an agreement about the former’s budgetary obligations to the latter’s budgetary duties.

The Kurds parties said changes have been made to the agreement and this will leave disputes between the central government and the KRG unresolved.

(Zhyan English)