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[Asharq Al-Awsat] The meeting of President Fuad Masum ended Friday evening with the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi Council of Representatives on the federal budget for the current year with little results.
According to the information obtained by the Twilight News, another meeting between the two sides will be held tomorrow will be complementary to the meeting this evening.
According to information also, the Kurdish blocs will continue boycotting the meeting of the House of Representatives on Saturday, which will complete the vote on the rest of the paragraphs of the budget.
And held the three presidencies of Iraq yesterday meeting in the house of infallible to discuss the budget, but without the link to a result.
He warned the Office of Prime Minister Haider Abadi of the danger of disrupting the adoption of the federal budget.
Saad al-Hadithi, spokesman for the prime minister’s media office, said in an interview with the twilight news that “disrupting the adoption of the public budget is irresponsible and will seriously damage the interests of the Iraqi people and hamper the work of state ministries.”
He called on the House of Representatives to “assume its responsibilities in urging its members to speed up the vote on the budget law to enable ministries and state institutions to carry out their duties and provide services to citizens.”
“We deeply regret the repeated withdrawals aimed at disrupting the quorum and preventing the passage of the budget without paying attention to the consequences of the disruption. We are aware of the seriousness of continuing to delay the adoption of the budget and its negative impact on the interests of the people, economy and services.”
Promised the Kurdish blocs, the House of Representatives to vote on the articles of the draft federal budget law “in application of the policy of marginalization.”
The reduction of the share of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the budget of 2018, a wide rejection of the Kurdish political forces, where the government of Abbadi, in November last year, the share of the province in the budget this year from 17 to 12.6 percent.
The revenues of the general budget are estimated at (91643667236) thousand dinars (ninety nine trillion six hundred and forty-three billion six hundred and sixty seven million and two hundred and thirty-six thousand dinars). The estimated revenues from the export of crude oil were calculated on the basis of the average price of 46 dollars per barrel at an export rate of 3 million Eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand barrels per day, including 250 thousand barrels per day from the Kurdistan Region.
And the allocations of expenditures one hundred and four trillion and one hundred and fifty billion and one hundred and eighty-three million and seven and thirty-four thousand dinars), while the total deficit budget planned twelve trillion five hundred and fourteen billion five hundred and sixteen million and four hundred and ninety-eight thousand dinars.