Saleh: It is regrettable to pass a law on financing the fiscal deficit in the absence of national consensus

Editing date: 11/13/2020 12:58


The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, confirmed today, Friday, that the passage of the fiscal deficit financing law is an important step to secure the salaries of employees.

Saleh said, “The passage of the law on financing the fiscal deficit was necessary to secure the salaries of employees for the next three months, although borrowing is not a sustainable solution.”

He added, “From this standpoint, we emphasize the serious work in preventing the recurrence of the crisis of financing the salaries of employees. The borrowing law alone is not sufficient to face this crisis, and the comprehensive reform policy in the radical treatment and protection of employees’ salaries must be adopted as a priority that does not tolerate leniency.”

Saleh added, “But it is regrettable that the law was passed in the absence of a national consensus, specifically from the Kurdish component, which constitutes a negative precedent in political action.”

He pointed out, “Welcoming the provision of salaries for employees in Iraq cannot be complete without a solution to the salaries of their fellow employees of the region, who are Iraqi citizens and have their rights stipulated in the constitution.”

He stressed, “The citizens and employees do not bear the consequences of the political conflicts that brought us to where we are today, and the need to resolve the outstanding problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, specifically the oil file, must be resolved in accordance with the constitution and with transparency, in a manner that achieves justice and citizenship rights for all Iraqis.” .

He stated that “the sensitive conditions that the country is going through require everyone to stand together and support and reject the language of sectarian and national strife. Our people have suffered for decades from the effects of that irresponsible rhetoric and incitement, far from the spirit of citizenship and the values of establishing a rational and strong state.”