Cash transfers from Baghdad to Erbil violate federal budget law: MP

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SULAIMANI — Member of Iraq’s Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee Naji Saeedi said on Tuesday (August 24) that the monthly cash transfers of 200 billion Iraqi dinar ($137 million) from Baghdad to the Kurdistan Region is a violation of the 2021 Federal Budget Law.

Under an agreement with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) began to receive a monthly stipend of 200 billion dinars per month in July.

Saeedi told state-run Iraqi News Agency (INA) that the KRG has not yet sent any customs or oil income to the federal government, which it is obligated to do under the terms of the budget Law.

He said that the article which outlines the Kurdistan Region’s budget share in the law is "very clear” and stipulates that the Region cannot receive any funds from the general budget without meeting its obligations towards the federal government.

Under the 2021 Federal Budget Law, which passed on March 31, the KRG is supposed to receive 9.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($6.5 billion), which will be disbursed in monthly increments, in return for submitting a portion of the customs income and the cash equivalent of 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Baghdad. The federal government will be able to cut off funds in the event of non-compliance.

(NRT Digital Media)