President Barzani meets Kurdish representative in Baghdad
In Erbil, on October 5, the President of the Kurdistan region, Masoud Barzani, met with Kurdish ministers in the Iraqi government and Kurdish MPs sitting in the Iraqi parliament
The Iraqi parliamentary election draft law was discussed at the meeting, which was attended by representatives of Kurdish political parties. Each one expressed their opinion on the parliamentary elections in Iraq which are due to be held in April 2014.
Barzani asked the political groups to put their head together over the draft law, and asked them to agree on a common line in relation to the Iraqi elections. The political groups are now meant to meet with their members to discuss the issue before expressing their opinion. A committee has been formed to discuss the issues with Iraqi officials.
An MP from the Kurdistan Alliance list, Mahmud Othman, who took part in the meeting, said the meeting was very positive and that discussion had centered on the draft parliamentary election law and the Iraqi General Budget bill.
“Kurdistan’s share of the general budget is only 10.3 %, and a large portion of the budget has been allotted to security issues. Our ministers have been notified to raise this issue at the meeting of the council of ministers,” Othman explained.
Othman said the Kurds do not agree with several points discussed in relation to the parliamentary law draft in Parliament, and that if the issues are not solved, the Kurds will have their own say.