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Today, Wednesday, the deputy in Parliament, Muhammad Al-Baldawi, confirmed the proceeding with the budget law and its approval next week, whether there was a political agreement or not.
Al-Baldawi said, “The budget was delayed a lot due to Articles 13 and 14, which are the source of the dispute with the region, and when you return to the dispute and analyze these points, you will find that today what is in it is just commitments between the governments of the center and the region, in which both parties abide by the terms of the political agreement.”
He added, "The negotiators who represent the Democratic Party have gone too far in this file and want there to be obligations only from the central government to send sums and financial dues and transfer them to the regional government without there being any corresponding obligations to these obligations by the regional government towards the central government." By saying that “this matter does not guarantee the rights of the two parties.”
And Al-Baldawi indicated that “there is an opportunity for dialogue and discussion on this issue, and that next week will be the decisive week for approving the budget, whether this decision is by reaching a final agreement formula or going to a vote inside the parliament dome.”
The member of Parliament stressed, “Not to repeat what happened in the 2021 budget, and that today, if there is no investment in these positive opportunities to reach an agreement, we cannot wait until the end of 2023 to approve the budget.”
He explained, "The opportunity is open to invest in the existing dialogues and reach an agreement. If there is no agreement, the opportunity cannot remain open forever, and next week will be the week of voting on the budget, whether there is a political agreement or not."
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