Kurdish blocs: Abadi refused three presidencies meeting on state budget

Haider Abadi
Haider Abadi

Kurdish blocs revealed Sunday that Prime Minister Haider Abadi had rejected a meeting of the three presidencies in order to discuss the demands of the political blocs regarding the 2018 state budget.

In a press statement, MP Sherine Dino confirmed Abadi refused the meeting that was set to discuss amendments to the budget bill as well as demands of the political blocs.


Abadi said the issue belongs to the House of Representatives and does not concern the three presidencies, Dino said. 

The meeting that was supposed to be held last Thursday was suggested by all political forces and not only Kurdish ones.


Earlier in February, Kurdish parliamentary blocs slammed the Iraqi 2018 state budget as the worst in the country's history as it serves a particular political side. 

The Kurdish blocs boycotted the parliamentary sessions to make the budget bill hearing sessions illegitimate.


Alongside Kurdish factions in the parliament, Karam said Sunni factions and 50 other Shiite MPs oppose the bill. 

On February 8, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi sent a 'moderated budget bill' to the Parliament.

The new budget bill was completed in October with a proposal to cut the region's share to 12.67 percent.

Kurdish MPs seek to make the region's share of the budget remains 17% as previously set based on populations estimates in 2005.

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