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Shafaq News / On Tuesday, Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, Hayman Hawrami, expressed his surprise at the statements made by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi regarding the recent agreement between Erbil and Baghdad, stressing the need to support the agreement and not fight it.
Baghdad and Erbil had reached a temporary solution regarding the salaries of the region’s employees and the non-oil financial resources of the regional government, which included sending Baghdad an amount of 320 billion dinars per month to the region to cover the salaries of employees.
Al-Kaabi criticized the agreement. He said in a statement that Baghdad will hand over the salary funds to the region “without auditing the financial control and handing over the oil revenues and other revenues collected in the region to the Federal Ministry of Finance.”
Hawrami said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “The principles of the constitution are the basis for addressing any outstanding problems between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, which has not fully paid the region’s financial dues for many months, which has placed many heavy burdens on our citizens in the region, while ignoring the principle Justice, equality and the public interest. ”
He explained, “The recent agreement between Erbil and Baghdad, although it is temporary, paves the ground for a long-term agreement within the framework of the constitution, which is something that everyone should support, not fight, and stressed that the agreement included unifying procedures for border crossings, customs and other points that Baghdad raised during Conversations. ”
The deputy speaker of the region’s parliament indicated that “sending 320 billion dinars per month is less than what Baghdad used to send, and that the aforementioned amount is for three months, and this amount has been allocated according to data that the 2020 budget has not yet been approved, which is a number based, according to the agreement, on “Estimates of the federal government for the salaries paid by the region to those who earn them, with the estimates on oil and non-oil imports.”
Hawrami added, “Al-Kaabi asked about auditing financial control, while the two sides’ agreement requires the formation of a joint committee consisting of the Office of Financial and Federal Supervision and the region to handle the accounts and agree on methods of settlement from the accounts for the year 2014 to 2020, provided that the region provides all the information that Baghdad requested.” .
He added that “the total sum of the monthly sums that the regional government spends for salaries is 893 billion dinars, while what the federal government has sent for salaries since the beginning of the regional government assuming its duties since mid-2019 does not exceed 453 billion dinars per month, which represents only 51 percent of the total.” The total of what the regional government pays in salaries. ”
Hayman Hawrami pointed out that “the region has not rejected any mechanism for auditing and controlling revenues according to the constitution,” calling for “the necessity not to mislead public opinion and try to overturn the facts and conceal the fact that employees’ entitlements have not been paid in the Kurdistan Region four months ago, which is one of the constitutional duties of the federal government.”
The Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament called for “serious and fruitful cooperation to reach a balanced and fair agreement on the basis of the constitution, and put an end to dealing with the Kurdistan Region on the basis of national discrimination,” and he also called on everyone to review the points of agreement well before making positions far from the facts.
He continued, “At a time when the governorates are witnessing a waste of public money and the preoccupation of some of their officials is (stationery) with a million spending, the employees, retirees, and the families of the martyrs of the region have suffered months and lived without salaries, and their livelihoods were cut off under the weight of a dangerous health condition that is not different from what the governorate witnesses. Dhi Qar from the hardship of living to the extent that its honorable people took to the streets and are still protesting in order to recover their money and live in dignity.