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KRG PM calls on Baghdad to send budget transfers worth of past 10 months

  2021-04-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister meets with a number of European (Union) countries’ diplomats in the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 20,2021. Photo Courtesy of KRG
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Tuesday (April 20) that the federal government has not sent any budget transfer to the Kurdistan Region in the past ten months.

Barzani’s statement came after a meeting with a number European Union (EU) countries’ representatives in the Kurdistan Region. The latest developments, relations between the KRG and the federal government, the strengthening of ties between the Kurdistan Region and EU countries were discussed during the meeting, the KRG said in a statement. 

Barzani reiterated the KRG’s commitment to implementing its obligations under Iraq’s 2021 Federal Budget Law.

On March 31, Iraq's Council of Representative passed the belated budget bill after several delays in recent months and disputes among the political blocs, especially between the Kurdistan KRG and the federal authority.

If abides by, the KRG will receive 13.9 percent share from the estimated at 129 Iraqi dinars trillion ($89 billion) budget if it obeys its obligations in the budget law. Unlike the previous years, the KRG will not get any share if it fails to live up to its duties. 

“I expressed my hope that approving the budget law would be a good start for solving other pending issues constitutionally, particularly the implementation of Article 140 and normalization of Kurdistani areas outside the KRG, which would positively impact Iraq's stability and security,” Barzani said, he referred to a belt of territories known as the disputed areas, claimed by Erbil and Baghdad. 

“I also took the chance to highlight the KRG's reform efforts in reorganizing and diversifying income sources, reducing unnecessary costs and public waste, and improving transparency,” he added.

The cash-strapped KRG cabinet of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani still unable to pay its wage payroll on in full without cuts following the rise of the global crude oil prices.

Throughout 2020, the KRG missed five months’ worth of salaries to its public servants and paid one in full and slashed others by either eighteen or twenty-one percent citing the COVID-19 pandemic, budget with Baghdad and low oil prices.

It is expected to pay the public servants by 21 percent cuts for this month.

(Zhyan English)