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The Iraqi people, along with the political and parliamentary blocs, are awaiting the government’s announcement of the completion of the federal general budget for the next year 2023 in order to implement the bulk of the government program in providing services, appointments and other entitlements, and while observers confirm that all budgets in previous years were governed by political agreements, they saw that the visit The President of the Kurdistan Region to Baghdad does not concern the issue of the budget only, but also other issues pending with the center.
And the rapporteur of the Parliamentary Finance Committee for the fourth session, Dr. Ahmed Al-Saffar, believes in an interview with "Al-Sabah" that the visit of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, to Baghdad "is not related to the budget only, but rather for the purpose of discussing with the political blocs participating in the government regarding the implementation of the terms of the agreement that was signed and the exit government of the Sudanese Prime Minister.
He explained that "these issues are not related to the budget, but to the legislation of the oil and gas law, the Peshmerga, the disputed areas and other matters, for the purpose of ending the outstanding problems that have caused confusion between the region and the federal government for years, and this visit is at a high level to put an end to these problems."
With regard to the budget, Al-Saffar believes: "There is an intention by the government to present the budget, and if it is not during the current month, the legislative term will be extended until it is approved because it has become an urgent necessity in light of the absence of the current year 2022 budget with a large financial abundance," noting that "The government has started implementing its ministerial platform and government program, and there are serious attempts to finalize the draft budget and submit it to Parliament
And in the event that the budget is not submitted, Al-Saffar explained: “Parliament will enjoy the legislative recess, and it is possible for the Speaker of Parliament to invite members of Parliament to return during the legislative recess for the purpose of approving the budget due to its importance in facilitating the financial and economic matters of the country.”
For his part, the financial expert, Obaid Mahal, explained in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "The budget is governed by the constitution, and it is assumed that there will be a lot of discussions that have been decided outside the budget and not through it," and that "many see that the budget is a place for setting laws Or to conclude agreements, and because of this concept, many problems arise regarding the misunderstanding of the budget. Regarding Nechirvan Barzani's visit to Baghdad, Mahal believes that "the problem is related to the absence of the rule of law and the predominance of political agreements over it, and if we were dealing with the law and the constitution, everything would be clear and specific and would be implemented based on legislative provisions, and we do not need annually to address these problems outside the law." since 2004".
In turn, the analyst on international affairs, Haider Salman, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "The visits of Kurdish officials escalate during the period of distributing sovereign positions, as happened in the position of the President of the Republic, and this always happens in the budget stage."
He added, "The fact indicates that Nechirvan Barzani's visit confirms the imminent launch of the general budget, and therefore this visit is to guarantee the Kurdish share in light of the non-payment of their dues for many years with the change of alliances."
He pointed out that "this visit will be fleeting and part of it will not be announced, especially with regard to the visit of the heads of the blocs to reach the Kurdish share of 17% in addition to the salaries of the Peshmerga and employees, so that the Kurds' share in the general budget will be from 20 to 25%, and the budget may be submitted according to A prior political agreement is being confirmed."
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