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A member of the House of Representatives for the Kurdistan Democratic Bloc, Sherwan Al-Dobardani, stated that Parliament will resume its work as of the ninth of January.
Al-Dobardani said, "The Ministry of Finance has not yet sent the budget to the House of Representatives," noting that "the government is busy with the important Gulf 25 tournament, which is a historic event."
Al-Dobardani added, "The government is supportive of the 25th Gulf Championship and is there intensively in order to make the event a success."
Regarding the return of the deputies to Parliament after the end of the holiday, a member of the Iraqi Parliament, Sherwan Al-Dobardani, explained that “our working hours begin on the ninth of January,” adding that “we do not know when the Council of Ministers will hold its meeting on the general budget 2023.”
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It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Finance Minister, Taif Sami, recently announced that the general budget has not yet been sent to the Council of Ministers, noting that the fixed exchange rate is 1450 dinars.
And the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, announced in a press conference (January 3, 2023) that the amounts of salaries in the budget increased from 41 to 61 trillion dinars, due to the addition of contracts, daily wages, and others, and their confirmation.
The Iraqi parliament is awaiting the arrival of the Iraq budget bill for the year 2023 to the parliament hall, and it is likely that disputes will begin after the bill reaches the Finance Committee, due to the disagreement of the political blocs and parties over confirming their demands in the draft state budget law.
The size of the Iraqi federal general budget for the year 2021 was more than 101 trillion dinars, and the price of oil was estimated at $45 per barrel, but the price of oil has risen to nearly double that price.
It is noteworthy that Iraq did not vote on the 2022 budget, due to differences between the political parties, which followed the parliamentary elections.
The fiscal year covered by the General Budget Law ended on December 31 of the same year, and the Financial Management Law, which requires the disbursement of one-twelfth of the actual spending in the previous year, is in effect until the issuance of the new General Budget Law.
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