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Alsumaria News - Report
Today, Thursday, the House of Representatives began its legislative recess for a period of 30 days, to resume its sessions on the ninth of next January.
A member of the House of Representatives for the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc, Majid Shingali, confirmed that "the House of Representatives entered its legislative recess today, Thursday."
Shinkali continued, "The parliament extended its legislative term on the 8th of the last month for a month, so today it will be a legislative holiday according to the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives."
He pointed out, “The House of Representatives was waiting for the budget to arrive in order to proceed with holding its sessions until they are completed, but for not arriving from the government, it will enter its legislative recess.”
Shankali stressed that it is not possible to “cancel the legislative recess because it is within the rules of the procedure of the House of Representatives, which stipulated that the legislative recess be for a period of two months, but it was reduced to one month only. ”
It is supposed to be the last session of the House of Representatives in the second legislative term, yesterday, the first Tuesday, but the parliament failed to hold it as a result of differences between the political blocs regarding the special grades included in the paragraphs of the agenda of the session, which prompted the postponement of the session for further notice.
And the House of Representatives announced, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, the extension of the current legislative term by one month.
According to a statement by the House of Representatives Media Department, “The Presidency of the House of Representatives decided to extend the second legislative term / the first legislative year / the fifth electoral cycle, by one month, based on the provisions of Article (58) /Second) of the Constitution; This is to complete a number of necessary tasks and legislation.”
In addition, a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Faisal Al-Naeli, said, according to the official newspaper: “Parliament is awaiting the budget law for the year 2023, as it is determined to legislate it as soon as possible.”
Citizens' hopes relate to resolving political differences and voting on the next budget. The service, health and pension situation cannot bear a new year without financial allocations or a budget, as Iraq did not approve the 2022 draft budget due to the political crisis that erupted after the elections and left the country without a government for a full year.
A member of the Parliamentary Oil and Gas Committee, Zainab Al-Moussawi, revealed new details about the next year's budget, while confirming that it contains 150,000 job degrees.
Al-Moussawi said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “The next budget for the year 2023 contains job grades that may reach 150,000, in addition to fixing contracts in all ministries and converting daily procedures into contracts,” noting that “the next budget took into account service and investment projects and infrastructure.” and health.”
And she added, “The preliminary information indicates that the price of a barrel of oil is at 45 dollars per barrel in the budget; As a result of fluctuating oil prices, which is the average price, it will generate a large surplus, since the prices per barrel now range from 80-90 dollars, and the country exports approximately 3.3 million barrels.”
And on the oil and gas law, Al-Moussawi explained: “We are with the legislation of the law that returns Erbil to hand over and will the oil to the treasury of the Iraqi state, and the oil contracts are by the Federal Ministry of Oil as stipulated in the decisions of the Federal Court.”
Earlier, the Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed that the draft budget will reach the House of Representatives early next year, as it has not yet been completed with the Ministries of Finance and Planning due to the high claims that arrived from the ministries and governorates and amounted to 222 trillion dinars, and needs to be reviewed and amended.
The Parliamentary Finance Committee expected that next year's budget would reach $150 billion, at a time when Iraq relies on oil to finance 97 percent of its budget, at a time when the new government is struggling to deal with the repercussions of chronic corruption in the country.
Iraq did not approve the 2022 draft budget due to the political crisis that has gripped the country since the “early” elections were held on October 10, 2021.
According to the deputies, “when the draft budget law reaches the parliament, the parliament will take two months or more to study, discuss and vote on it.”
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