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Kurdistan's share of Iraq’s budget in 2018 'is not sufficient' - MP

Kurdistan's share of Iraq’s budget for 2018 'is not sufficient' - MP
Iraqi citizens, especially the Kurds, bore the brunt of falling oil prices, the war against ISIS, and Erbil-Baghdad crisis, Azad Mohammed Amin, the head of the provincial council of Sulaymani, said on Wednesday.

He called for hastening Erbil-Baghdad negotiation to solve the outstanding problems and return the economic, political, and security stability in Kurdistan Region.

He also confirmed that Kurdistan's share of the Iraq’s federal budget of 2018 is not sufficient to implement only one project in the Region. 

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.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 22 November 2017 11:41 AM