Iraqis are waiting for the approval of the budget
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While the Iraqi people are waiting for the issue of the “budget” to be resolved and to vote on it, the Parliamentary Finance Committee is still waiting for political consensus regarding it, and what will emerge from the meetings of the “State Administration Coalition” regarding the dispute with the region regarding their share after the latter objected to what the committee voted on in the budget led to a delay in its approval, and while previous dates failed to be set; Members of the House of Representatives suggested that the “voting session” on the budget would be at the beginning of next week.
A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Saad Al-Toobi, said in an exclusive interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The committee requested earlier to set a date for the session, because there is nothing to delay voting on the budget, as the committee needs hours only in order to make transfers that are almost Ready and just waiting for tabulation in the budget as well as some additional materials.”
And he explained that “the delay that is taking place now is only for the sake of the region’s articles that were duly voted on within the committee,” adding, “But it is possible that political consensus will take place and the vote will be changed,” noting that “it is possible to change the voted materials because the voting took place in Within the committee, the budget was not voted on as a whole, and this is one of the legal tricks.”
And he continued: "Parliament will enter its legislative recess on the ninth of June, so the budget will be approved effectively before this date," and indicated that "it is possible to set a date for the next Sunday or Monday to vote on the budget in Parliament."
Al-Tobi indicated that "there are drafts that have arrived as proposals adopted by the (Coordinating Framework) or (the State Administration Coalition) regarding the region's share, as the dispute was that the region refuses to export through the (SOMO) company, and it also rejects the issue of the bank account, demanding that the region's government act directly with the account." He explained, “What has reached us now is that the region agreed to export through the (SOMO) company, but the bank account is not by opening an account in the central bank, but rather an account approved by the bank.”
It is noteworthy that the last meeting of the Finance Committee witnessed an agreement to collect an amount from the transfers and classify it on the aspects of expenditure, meaning that the sums of the expenditures amounting to 65 trillion dinars were reduced and reduced and 7 trillion were removed from them, and there are matters that have changed in the budget that came from the government; Including the share of the region, and it remains up to Parliament to approve or reject the articles that have been changed.
The Finance Committee also voted to add 14 segments of lecturers, compulsory leave holders, electoral contracts, wages, contracts after and before October 2019, and the Awakenings, and the Ministry of Finance refused to install these segments on the owners because they do not have funds, so the Finance Committee worked to add a paragraph in the budget that Wages are transferred to contracts and contracts to staff in future budgets or in the process of deletion and creation.
Edited by Muhammad Al-Ansari
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