The Iraqi Council of Representatives decides to hold the budget session at 10 am on Saturday morning


Iraqi Council of Representatives

Public budget

2021-03-19 15:33

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Shafaq News / The Presidency of Parliament announced, on Friday, the postponement of the vote on the budget law until tomorrow, Saturday.

A statement by the Speaker of the Council, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, received by Shafaq News, stated that “due to the continuous discussions between the MPs and the committee and for the purpose of completing the details and final printing, the Presidency of the Council decided to hold the session tomorrow at ten in the morning.”

She added, “The final version of the budget bill will be circulated to you as soon as it is completed by the Finance Committee.”

The House of Representatives was scheduled to hold a session today, Friday, to vote on the General Budget Law for 2021, but the differences between the political blocs ended without that.

The Finance Committee votes to approve the amendment of the Kurdistan Region’s budget share clause


2021 budget

Parliamentary Finance Committee

Share of Kurdistan Region

2021-03-19 14:49

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The Finance Committee votes to approve the amendment of the Kurdistan Region’s budget share clause

Determine the date for the budget voting session

Political | 09:04 – 19/03/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

, MP Hisham Al-Suhail announced, on Friday, the date for the parliament session to pass the budget.

Al-Suhail said that the date for the parliament session to pass the budget will be at ten o’clock this evening. 

The Shiite blocs agreed with the Kurdish delegation on the share of the Kurdistan region in the budget. Ended 29 / h

A Kurdish deputy reveals the wording of the Kurdistan delegation’s agreement with the Iraqi parliament


Kurdistan Region delegation

2021 budget

2021-03-19 11:41

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Shafaq News / A deputy close to the Kurdish delegation’s talks revealed, on Friday, the details of the agreement with the Iraqi parliament regarding the 2021 budget.

Deputy Bashar al-Kiki, a participant in the meetings of the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, told Shafaq News: The delegation reached with the Iraqi parliament to amend the wording of one of the budget’s paragraphs, making it feasible on the ground.

Kiki added; The agreement confirmed that the Kurdistan Regional Government would deliver no more than 250 thousand barrels of oil per day to the federal government.

Parliament informed Shafaq News earlier today; That there is an agreement reached by the Kurdish delegation headed by Qubad Talabani with the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, without disclosing what this agreement is.

An “undeclared” agreement between the Kurdish delegation and the Presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives regarding the 2021 budget


Kurdistan Region delegation

2021 budget

2021-03-19 11:03

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Shafaq News / Parliamentary circles reported that the Kurdish delegation reached an agreement with the Iraqi parliament regarding the region’s share in the 2021 budget.

She informed the parliamentary circles that the Shafaq News Agency spoke with; That there is an agreement reached by the Kurdish delegation headed by Qubad Talabani with the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, without disclosing what this agreement is.

Meanwhile; The Kurdish delegation held a meeting with members of the House of Representatives for the Kurdish forces to discuss the latest findings of the delegation in its discussions with the Presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

National Union: the Kurdistan region and Baghdad agree on the budget

Political | 06:29 – 19/03/2021

 Baghdad – Mawazine News

, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Representative Dylan Ghafour, revealed that the delegation of the Kurdistan region and the political blocs in Baghdad agreed on the region’s share in the draft federal budget law for the current year.

According to her party’s media, Ghafour said, “The delegation of the Kurdistan region agreed with the political blocs to pass the government text in the draft budget law regarding the share of the Kurdistan region without change in it.”

She added that the council will vote on the budget bill tonight, as it is scheduled to hold its session after the region’s delegation and the political blocs agreed on the region’s share.

The Kurdish delegation arrives in Parliament and meets Mohammed Al-Halbousi


Kurdistan Region delegation

2021 budget

Share of Kurdistan Region

2021-03-19 10:38

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Shafaq News / The negotiating delegation of the Kurdistan Region, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, arrived on Friday at the Iraqi Parliament building.

Upon its arrival, the delegation held a meeting with the President of the Council, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, to discuss the completion of the discussion of the dispute over the region’s share in the 2021 federal budget.

The meeting was attended by the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Bashir Al-Haddad, and a number of Kurdish deputies.

The draft budget is still pending in Parliament, as the deputies failed to pass it on more than one occasion, and the country is administered according to the 2019 budget, given that Iraq did not approve a financial budget last year also due to political differences.

The debate between the Shiite political blocs and the Kurdistan Regional Government centers on the delivery of revenues that the region obtains through its border outlets, in addition to the resources for selling crude oil from the oil fields.

A parliamentary bloc boycotted the budget voting session and subjected its attendance to 20 conditions

Political | 02:04 – 19/03/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

The National Approach bloc announced, on Friday, its boycott of the budget voting session, because it included economically and socially disastrous paragraphs and the lack of equity in the central and southern governorates compared to the region, according to what he described, while its attendance was subject to 20 conditions.

The committee stated in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that “because the parliament did not respond to the fundamental amendments that we demanded, so we announce our boycott of the voting session on the 2021 budget,” bearing others “responsibility and the consequences of it economically and socially.”

The statement added: “We reiterate the most important amendments that we have proposed:

1- Restoring the exchange rate to what it was previously, as the damages of this decision became clear early, and the Finance Committee suggested allocating (500) billion dinars in compensation to contractors contracting with the government for the price difference, and the first is to notice the harm to millions of Iraqis who are poor, covered by the social welfare network and with limited income, and all of these The damage necessitates restoring the exchange rate to its previous condition.

2 – Abolishing Article 38 that allows privatization of all the state’s production and service sectors and permits the participation of investors and contractors in ownership of oil and gas fields, power stations, Iraqi Airways aircraft, and government banks.

3- Abolishing the two articles (42 and 41) that allow the sale of state-owned agricultural lands to those who have the right to dispose of them at a value much less than its real value and will create widespread social conflicts.

4- Abolishing Article 47 that permits the sale of the state’s financial assets, including industrial, infrastructure, and others.

5- That the deficit does not exceed 3% of the GDP, meaning that it does not exceed 7 trillion Iraqi dinars.

6- Expanding the titles of sovereign expenditures to include (the Ministry of Oil, Transport and Water Resources, and the inclusion of the security and defense sector in all its ministries and institutions, as well as the emergency reserve).

7 – We reject the proposal to withhold the ration card from a family whose monthly income is one million dinars, and we demand that it be increased to include withholding only those whose monthly income exceeds two million dinars.

8- We present the proposal of the Al-Nahj bloc on the region’s articles …

A- Abolishing the first paragraph of Article (11) that calculates the Kurdistan Region’s dues for previous years from 2014 to 2019 despite not delivering oil and non-oil revenues.

B – Paragraph Second – A of Article (11) is amended to be (The region is obligated to deliver no less than 460,000 barrels per day to SOMO, and in the event that its production exceeds this amount, it is obligated to deliver it also to the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO).

C- Adding Article Seven of the Current Deficit Financing Law (determining the Kurdistan region’s share of the total actual spending (current expenditures and investment project expenditures) after excluding the sovereign expenditures specified in the Federal Budget Law of the Republic of Iraq for the fiscal year 2021) and adding the expenditures of the Ministry of Oil, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Resources Water and the inclusion of the security and defense sector in all its ministries and institutions to be included in the sovereign expenditures as well as the contingency reserve) provided that the Kurdistan region is committed to handing over at least (460) thousand barrels per day to the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) exclusively, as well as the delivery of Mazad on those quantities and all non-oil revenues In the event of non-compliance by the region, it is not permissible to pay the expenses to the region, and the violator of this text bears legal responsibility.

D- Paragraph III (a, b, c) which obliges the federal authorities to pay the region’s loans and financial obligations that it has concluded in the years (2014 to 2019) is canceled .

E – Article (11 – third) – to be reformulated (the region is obligated to pay the loans owed to the Iraqi Trade Bank)

9 – To oblige mobile phone companies to pay their fines and financial obligations within thirty days, otherwise the license is withdrawn from them and the contracts concluded with them are reviewed in order to achieve lifting Injustice to the Iraqi state brings it the highest economic benefit.

10 – Canceling the oil licensing rounds and replacing them with a formula that achieves the highest benefit to the Iraqi state and removes the previous injustice.

11 – Canceling the deduction of salaries for the general staff and increasing the tax on senior officials, special ranks, general managers and those of their grade.

12-We oppose continuing foreign loans, as they have far-reaching effects on the country’s sovereignty and economy.

13 – To oblige the Ministry of Electricity to review investment contracts for electricity production stations in a manner that guarantees the lifting of injustice against the Iraqi state.

14-We reject the proposal of the Ministry of Health to contract with private sector companies to manage newly constructed hospitals.

15 – We reject the additive article that requires the Ministry of Education to invite the private sector to implement printing of textbooks, and we suggest restricting it to public state companies only.

16 – Rejection of the article that allows the governorates to contract with developers because they will witness secondary speculation on the one hand, and through these projects it is intended to charge the citizen the cost of building the infrastructure of health services, electricity, water and sewage streams to increase the profits of the developers (investors) !!! .

And she concluded by saying: “Knowing that these objections represent part of the total of forty essential requirements that are necessary for amendment in the 2021 budget.” Ended 6/29 N

Sabri: We are studying a Shiite proposal on the budget

Time: 03/19/2021 13:59:24 Read: 1,937 times

{Politics: Al Furat News} The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Parliamentary Bloc, Vian Sabri, confirmed that the Kurdish blocs are with the application of Article (11) of the draft budget law as reported by the federal government and their rejection of any alternative text, indicating that the Shiite forces have delivered a text, and the blocs will rise. Kurdish study of it. ”

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Sabri said about the meeting that took place yesterday between the Finance Committee and heads of parliamentary blocs with the Presidency of Parliament about the recent discussions related to the budget, noting that the discussion was about paragraph (11) of the budget, which affects the rights of the Kurdistan region.

She explained, “The Shiite forces handed over a text that was said to represent the Shiite point of view, and the Kurdish blocs will study it, but as a viewpoint, we believe that Article (11) is the result of vigorous, continuous and prolonged discussions and negotiations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, and the two parties are satisfied with it because Article ( 11) represents a fair view of the two governments.

Sabri stressed the rejection of “any alternative text to this text, because we believe that it came after effort,” noting that “the alternative text contains some matters that conflict with the interests of the Kurds in particular, and we confirm the text of Articles 10 and 11 as received by the government.”

And on the talks between the delegation of the Kurdistan region and the Shiite forces, Sabri said that it “continues between, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani, and with him a number of ministers about technical points with the Shiite forces in particular, but for us the view is clear that we are with the text that came from the federal government regarding Articles 10 and 11 “.

Regarding the possibility of completing the vote on the budget law today, she pointed out that this depends on the discussions that take place, explaining that until yesterday there was a lot of confusion about the budget in general, and there are demands from some Sunni forces and demands from some Shiite forces, but with regard to the share of the region Kurdistan, we are talking about Articles 10 and 11.  

Ammar Al-Masoudi