702 Policy 12/29/2020 12:36 am
Baghdad today – Kurdistan
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Salam, confirmed today, Tuesday (December 29, 2020) that the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, will visit the capital, Baghdad, after the New Year holidays, while indicating that the implementation of the agreement will take place after the political blocs guarantee his support.
Salam said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “Barzani’s visit has been postponed to the beginning of next year, during which many meetings and dialogues will be held.”
He added, “Barzani will meet with the leaders of political blocs, because he wants to secure the support of those blocs for the agreement concluded between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the region’s share of the budget, because the government is not able to implement the agreement.”
He added, “There is no oversight over the House of Representatives because of the constitutional vacuum as a result of the absence of the Federal Court, and this makes agreements and laws vulnerable to violation, so we seek to obtain political guarantees before starting to vote on the budget.”
Earlier in the day, the deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Hassan Ali, confirmed that the share of the Kurdistan region in the 2021 budget is 12 % .
Ali said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The budget for next year needs political consensus with the parliamentary blocs, in order to pass it, especially with regard to the region’s share of 12% of the 2021 budget.”
He continued, “I think that the budget will pass even though it is currently going through a phase of natural discussions and objections,” noting that “the region’s share of the budget amounts to 13 trillion dinars annually / including the salaries of employees and the Peshmerga and the budget allocated to development projects, which is a good percentage.”
He added, “We need the unity of the Kurdish position in Baghdad, with regard to the understandings with the political blocs, before they are put to the initial vote in the House of Representatives.”
Negotiations were held between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government in Baghdad, to discuss the region’s share of next year’s budget, which was approved by the Council of Ministers about a week ago, and it is hoped that it will reach the House of Representatives today, Tuesday.