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On Saturday, the Parliamentary Legal Committee revealed the reasons for the delay in approving the 2023 budget.
Committee member Raed al-Maliki said in a statement to the official newspaper, followed by “Nass” (January 7, 2023), that “the delay in approving the budget is due to political understandings and tensions between the blocs,” noting that “the Kurdistan region wants to include a paragraph in the next budget that serves it regarding financial allocations.” ".
Al-Maliki added that "dealing with the law and judicial decisions is dual, because the Federal Court obligated the Kurdistan region to hand over oil and gas and their revenues," expressing his "fear that the political agreements may have included laws other than the budget."
He explained that "the political parties are trying to pass their demands in accordance with the agreement that resulted in the formation of the current government," noting that "the independent representatives are demanding things that they believe are in the interest of the Iraqi people, and the political agreements mean nothing to them because they are not parties to them."
Professor of Economics at the University of Basra, Nabil Al-Marsoumi, expected earlier that the 2023 budget bill would not be sent to Parliament during the current month.
Al-Marsoumi said in a post followed by "Nass" (January 7, 2023), that "it seems that the 2023 budget bill will not be sent to parliament during the current month due to the lack of agreement on Kurdistan's share and because of its large operating expenses."
He added, "Hey, but in Iraq, the second year and beyond will end without a budget."
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