Iraqi government is determined to reduce Kurdistan Region's share in the 2018 gerenral budget, Dr. Kamel al-Zaidi, the member of State of Law Coalition, said on Saturday.
Zaidi confirmed that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has informed the coalition that Kurdistan's share will not increase.
Abadi confirmed that the share is sufficient for the Region while the KRG confirmed that the new budget will implement only one project.
He added that the government will discuss many options with Iraqi parliament to solve this issue.
These options include return the displaced people to their homes and hold donors' conference to rebuild the infrastructure in the destroyed areas.
The first draft of Iraq’s federal budget for 2018, approved by the government at the beginning of the month, envisions slashing the Kurdish region’s share from 17% to 12.7% of the total.
The cut is one of several “punitive” constitutional measures that followed the Sept. 25 Kurdish referendum on independence.
Those measures also saw Baghdad seize control of disputed areas, border crossings and air bases, and demand that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) transfer taxes and other public revenues to the central government.
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