ERBIL — The share of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from Iraq’s 2019 federal budget will be increased after objections by Erbil, said a Kurdish lawmaker.
The Iraqi parliament has returned the budget bill to the new government led by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi for reconsideration of certain allocations which have caused concerns among parliamentary factions.
Among them are Kurdish lawmakers who objected the KRG’s share which was decreased from 17% to 12.62%, arguing that the Iraqi constitution has guaranteed 17% of the annual budget for the region.
Ahmed Saffar, a Kurdish MP from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) told BasNews that they discussed their concerns over the bill in a meeting with the government two weeks ago, and there are indications of government’s consent to increase it.
However, it is not clear if the share of KRG would be 17% again. Unofficial reports said it would go as high as 14% to 15%.
The MP said they have also discussed the allocations for salaries of Peshmerga forces, family members of Anfal martyrs, as well as political prisoners who survived the Baath regime.