MP Majida al-Tamimi said on Tuesday that the lack of approval of the budget will affect the view of the donor countries to Iraq, while indicated that the delay is due to the conditions of international criticism and demands of the blocks.
Al-Tamimi told Al-Ghad Press that “the meetings continued in the Finance Committee on the budget, and there were two meetings with the Prime Minister Haider Abadi.”
He added that “yesterday asked me put the budget on the agenda for the second reading, and there was pressure from the Kurdish blocs not to proceed with reading.”
“The Kurdish blocs demand a meeting with the Prime Minister to give them guarantees to meet their demands,” noting that “the meeting was not lifted and will resume on Sunday, so as to give the Kurdish blocs the space for dialogue and discussion with Abadi and reach understandings on passing the budget.”
“The failure to approve the budget means that the country is not a plan to manage its funds, and this affects the view of donor countries and shows them that we are a country without a law without a plan, how to give investment funds.”
“This is considered a black point in the history of budgets in the event that it has not been approved,” she said, pointing out that “it was caused by delayed adoption of the conditions of international criticism and the year of election and increase requests of the blocks to try to prove itself to its audience.”
The House of Representatives has seen several months ago, disagreements between the political blocs on the budget items of 2018, which leads in each meeting to postpone put them on the agenda, and attended the Prime Minister Haider Abadi to Parliament more than once for the purpose of discussing the demands of the political blocs.
He called on the Kurdish blocs and the Union of forces and oil-producing provinces, to put their requirements in the budget or otherwise boycott the parliamentary sessions of their own.