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Joburi raises 2018 budget draft to finance committee to vote

Iraqi Speaker sends 2018 budget draft to Finance Committee for review
Iraqi Speaker of the parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, has sent the 2018 federal budget draft to the Parliament's Finance Committee, a parliamentary source said on Sunday.

He added that the committee, delegated by the Speaker and the central government in Baghdad, has gathered all notes from the MPs over the draft to swiftly work to prepare the finalized version to present it in a special session.

He further added that the parliament has discussed the draft in a session. 

He continued that the Kurdish lawmakers rejected the draft as the first draft of Iraq’s federal budget for 2018, approved by the government, 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: Sunday، 03 December 2017 05:31 PM