Iraqi GOV. Sends Parliament Revised Version of 2018 Budget Bill

Iraqi GOV. Sends Parliament Revised Version of 2018 Budget Bill

The Iraqi government has provided the parliament with the revised version of the country’s 2018 budget bill in order to be presented during a session on Sunday (February 11), Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said.

“On Thursday last week, the Iraqi government sent parliament the revised version of the law project for the budget,” said Jabouri.

Seeking to debate the amended law project, the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi Parliament are meeting with the Finance Committee members, Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament said.

Parliament is set to hold a session which will likely be attended by Sunnis whose demands have reportedly been met towards the budget bill by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

The Iraqi parliament held a session on February 5 to vote on the 2018 federal budget bill.

The Kurdish lawmakers prevented the bill from passing after they stood in front of the presidency’s podium to stop the financial committee of the Iraqi parliament from reading a report on the federal budget bill.

The parliament postponed the session to Sunday.

Iraq’s Council of Ministers had completed and circulated the Iraqi federal 2018 budget bill in October.

In early November 2017, the Kurdistan’s Council of Ministers challenged the bill on a number of points. Kurds are concerned over the draft bill, saying there is an imbalance in the distribution of the budget over all of the Iraqi provinces.

Of specific concern is the Kurdistan Region’s share in the proposal which has been cut by Baghdad, from 17 percent to 12.67 percent. Kurdish lawmakers call for the Region’s percent of the federal budget to remain at 17 percent as previously set, based on populations estimates in 2005.