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The regional government reveals the latest results of the budget negotiations with Baghdad

A spokesman for the deputy head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, head of the Kurdish delegation, Qubad Talabani, revealed that the region’s delegation, on its recent visit to Baghdad, had discussed with the political parties and handed over all information related to expenditures, oil revenues and the number of employees to the federal government.

“The delegation is awaiting the preparation of the second draft of the general budget bill by the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives, which is the demand of the political parties, and it was discussed during the meetings,” Samir Hawrami said in a press statement.

He explained, “The second proposal has not been prepared yet, and the draft budget law for the year 2021 has been sent to the Presidency of Parliament without deducting the region’s share, so we are waiting for the Finance Committee to prepare a draft of paragraphs 10 and 11 of the draft law on the region’s share in the budget and then vote on the entire project. Legal in the House of Representatives.”

Hawrami added,” The Parliamentary Finance Committee announced last Tuesday that it had sent a letter on February 15 to the Presidency of the House of Representatives stating that it had completed the semi-final draft of the 2021 budget draft and that the only pending point was the text on the obligations of the Kurdistan region, which was detailed in Article 11 of project of law.

She pointed out that it “met with the political blocs of various components to bring the points of view closer and to come out in agreement with the entirety of the texts contained in that draft, but until now we await a final form of agreement on this article.”