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The official spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Peshwa Hawrami, said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency: “According to the budget tables, the Kurdistan Region’s share amounts to 16 trillion and 498 billion dinars, equivalent to 1 trillion and 375 billion dinars per month, as 906 billion dinars of this amount were allocated to employees’ salaries monthly, but the Federal Ministry of Finance sent 2 trillion and 598 billion dinars of this.” The amount is only since the first of January 2023, as 400 billion of this amount dates back to the 11th and 12th of the year 2022.”
He added, "Since the first of January of the current year, the federal government has distributed the salaries of employees in the rest of Iraq's regions on time according to the budget schedules, but the actual spending measure was applied for the employees of the region, as it has not happened anywhere inside Iraq that employee salaries are distributed in the form of Loans.
He continued; “The last amount sent to the Kurdistan Region was 500 billion dinars in the form of a loan, as the federal government says that the region’s internal revenues amount to 320 billion dinars, and even if these two amounts were collected together, it would not equal the amount of 1 trillion and 375 billion dinars stipulated in the law.” The budget is the region's monthly share.
Regarding the oil file, the statement stated: “Since March of the current year, the export of oil to the Kurdistan Region has stopped, but since June 25 of the current year, the Federal Ministry of Oil has received 85 thousand barrels on a daily basis for internal use, and the Kurdistan Region was ready to deliver any quantity they requested, but the federal government, in return, did not bear responsibility.” Pay any amount to extract, produce and transport this oil.”
Regarding non-oil revenues; He stated, “From the beginning, it was transparent, and the Iraqi Ministry of Finance reviewed and audited it, and we expressed readiness to hand over non-oil revenues in accordance with the Constitution and applicable laws, including the Federal Financial Management Law, but the Iraqi Ministry of Finance has a central interpretation of non-oil revenues, and they have always deducted more than what the region has in dues.” This is against the constitution.
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