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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi politician, Mishaan Al-Jubouri, said that the "adults" agreements signed between Baghdad - Erbil have become a case of futility by those he described as "the little ones" and their attempts to display their heroism, considering the matter as "dangerous and shameful".
Al-Jubouri wrote in a tweet on Twitter, "There is no doubt that there are deputies and politicians working with all their energy to spoil the Baghdad-Erbil agreement, especially about the budget, which represents the basis for ensuring the country's unity, political stability and citizen's rights in all of Iraq and Kurdistan."
He pointed out, "It is dangerous and shameful that the agreements of the adults signed between them collapse and become a cause for the futility of the youngsters and their attempts to showcase their heroism!?"
And the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, expressed his "deep concern" about what he called "the changes that affected the paragraphs of the Iraqi general budget bill related to the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region," and said that he "totally" rejects them.
It is scheduled that the Iraqi parliament will vote in today's session, Saturday, on the draft budget law.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, said, in turn, that "a group in the Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament made changes to the draft federal budget, violating a prior agreement we concluded with the State of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani and his government," noting that "the agreement that is The cornerstone of cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad, and everyone must respect its provisions.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Parliamentary Finance Committee voted to oblige the Kurdistan Region to pay 10% on a monthly basis from the salaries deducted to its employees, while this was included in the budget amendments that are being discussed.
The Kurdistan Regional Government announced its refusal to make any change to the articles and items that include financial dues for the region and are included in the draft Iraqi general budget law for the next three years.
And the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved, on the 13th of last March, the largest financial budget in the history of the country, which exceeded 197 trillion and 828 billion Iraqi dinars (about 152.2 billion dollars), with a total deficit of 63 trillion Iraqi dinars, taking advantage of the rise in oil prices globally. , which constitutes more than 95% of the country’s financial revenues, amid objections from financial and legal experts regarding the budget items, but it has not yet been approved due to disagreements.
And the Kurdistan Regional Government implemented Resolution No. (64) issued since 2016, the policy of financial austerity through the compulsory savings program for employees, except for the security forces (Asayish and Peshmerga), as savings began from 15% of the employees’ salaries, with 50% deducted from the pension for special grades. .
While the Finance Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament returned in 2022 to form a sub-committee to prepare a report on restoring the salary saving system, which will be submitted to the Presidency of Parliament upon its completion.
Recently, the regional government has denied, on several occasions, the reduction of salaries or the re-imposition of compulsory savings, considering the matter as a "red line" that cannot be touched.
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