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Kurdish blocs to boycott session allocated for budget vote - PUK

Kurdish blocs to boycott session allocated for budget vote - PUK
All Kurdish blocs' members will boycott the Parliamentary session allocated for the budget vote, Arez Abdullah, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader, said on Wednesday.

He added that these blocs will attend the session in case of increasing the share of Kurdistan Region in the 2018 budget.

Abdullah confirmed that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi insisted on reducing Kurdistan's share in 2018 budget.

Earlier, Kurdish blocs held a meeting in Baghdad to discuss the budget with the officials in the central government. 

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: Wednesday، 17 January 2018 10:33 AM
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