KRG’s Share from 2019 Federal Budget to Be Increased: MP


KRG’s Share from 2019 Federal Budget to Be Increased: MP

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.

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