Returning the 2018 state budget proposal to the government is a "disappointment" to the parliament and it is an unconstitutional move, Nazim al-Saadi, head of the parliamentary services and reconstruction committee, revealed Sunday.
In a statement, al-Saadi said this move is hampering government's work, adding that it also paralyzes services' provision and reconstruction operations across Iraq.
We are in charge of approving the state budget. It should take into account citizens' rights in accordance with the constitution, he added.
On Saturday, Kamel al-Zaidi, the member of State of Law Coalition, said the government is determined to reduce Kurdistan Region's share in the 2018 general budget.
Abadi confirmed that the share is sufficient for the region while Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) confirmed that the new budget can be used to implement only one project.
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.