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October 5, 2022[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad / Obelisk: The economic and financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, commented on Wednesday 10/05/2022 on the statement of the UN Representative, Jenin Plaschaert, regarding the halt in government spending, describing it as words based on diligence.
Saleh said in an interview followed by the obelisk, that Plasschaert's words are based on an unresolved jurisprudence that has been going on between those concerned for a while regarding the possibility of repeating the application of Article 13 of the amended Financial Management Law No. 6 of 2019, which means by disbursing 1/12 of the total actual current spending achieved in the fiscal year and the fear of entering the country in the year 2023.
He explained: The lack of a general budget in 2023 on which to base the application of the 1/12 exchange rule, as the question is whether the disbursement will continue with this mechanism out of the total actual current expenditures achieved in the budget-free year 2022.
He added: The answer is that the country's supreme national necessities do not allow the state to stop its ongoing contractual expenditures for 9 million Iraqi citizens including employees, retirees and social welfare, as well as expenditures related to the state's basic activity in health, education, security, defense, basic services, law enforcement and enforcement.
He continued: It is illogical for public expenditures to stop due to vague interpretations, and even if it is necessary that the Federal Court intervene in an interpretation that is aimed at managing the higher national interests and in a manner that guarantees the safety of the country's national security.
The United Nations representative in Iraq, Jenin Plaschaert, confirmed on Tuesday that government spending will stop at the end of the year if the budget is not approved.
In her briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq, Plasschaert said that partisan interests distance national development in Iraq and that corruption is a major cause of the problem in Iraq, and stressed that government spending will stop at the end of the year if the budget is not approved.
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