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 Iraq's Kurdistan Region passes budget amid opposition protests

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Iraq's Kurdistan Region passes budget amid opposition protests  26.6.2012  





 

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June 26, 2012

ERBIL-HewlÍr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', ó The Kurdistan Region has passed its 2012 budget bill amid protests by opposition forces. The budget amounts to $13bn with a deficit of $2bn.

The bill was passed during a parliamentary boycott by opposition MPs. The MPs say there is a lack of transparency in the budget.

MPs from Kurdistanís two ruling parties - the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party - have criticized opposition MPs for trying to make the budget fail. The budget was passed after fourteen days of negotiations. The budget was supposed to have been completed in January but was delayed significantly and has affected the payment of grants for citizens.

The lionís share of the budget - some 27 percent - is going towards security. Other notable amounts include 20 percent for the ministries of education and higher education. Less than one percent is going to the regionís Environment Board and less than 0.5 percent is going towards human rights projects. A ten percent salary cut is included in the budget for the regionís main leaders,www.ekurd.net including the prime minister, president and ministers.

Kurdistanís budget is yet another issue that is causing disputes in already tense relationships between political parties. These latest accusations of a lack of transparency in the budgetís finances are expected to do little to ease public concern.

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