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Haddad: Hosting the parliament for oil and finance ministers is a constitutional violation
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The Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Bashir Haddad said on Thursday that hosting the Council of Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, and Finance Minister Fouad Hussein by the House of Representatives unconstitutional.
"We did not want to add a paragraph to host the two ministers on the agenda of the House of Representatives, but the President of the Council Mohamed Halbousi announced the hosting of the previous session," Haddad told reporters on Monday.
He explained that this hosting is a violation of the Constitution because Article 61 of the Constitution talked about the issue of recalling ministers by Parliament and is mandated to determine the date of the government or its president.
But Haddad said, "But the House of Representatives to call the ministers and this is a clear constitutional breach."
The Halabousi had directed in the previous meeting of the Council to host the ministers of oil and finance and the representative of the Prime Minister and the Office of Financial Control in a meeting today on the implementation of the special budget law on the commitment to export quantities of oil from the Kurdistan Region.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi continued the federal government to pay salaries to employees in the Kurdistan Region, although the government of the region did not deliver any barrels of oil to the federal government as stipulated in the general budget for Iraq for the current year, according to the agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.
However, he said that the federal government does not pay the rest of the budget of the region (other than salaries) because the budget law obliged them to deduct what corresponds to the amounts represented by the value of 250 thousand barrels of oil per day.
The Kurdistan Regional Government says that the resources of oil exports go as receivables to foreign investment companies operating in the region, and offered Baghdad to pay those receivables to resume the delivery of Baghdad agreed amounts of oil.