Jus­tice Min­is­ter calls for guar­an­tee­ing Kur­dish rights in Iraq’s bud­get

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Sher­wan Haidari, Min­is­ter of Jus­tice at the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment ar­gues that it is the re­gion’s right to try to se­cure its fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence to be able to serve its peo­ple in a bet­ter way.

He also added that Kurds should be given guar­an­tees about their 17% share in the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s bud­get, the bud­get of the Minstry of Pe­shamarga and other fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of the re­gion ac­cord­ing to the con­sti­tu­tion.

In an in­ter­view with a lo­cal Kur­dish daily news­pa­per, Min­ster Haidari com­mented on the visit by the KRg del­e­ga­tion headed by Prime Min­ster Nechir­van Barzani to Bagh­dad to dis­cuss oil and bud­get is­sues. He stated that this is a very nor­mal act and is com­pletely or­di­nary in any fed­eral coun­try.

Haidari said that each fed­eral re­gion is en­ti­tled to fight for its fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence, which is for serv­ing the peo­ple of the re­gion.

“Es­pe­cially af­ter the leg­is­la­tion of Law no. 5 of 2013 by the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, which was the law for the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the cen­tral gov­ern­ment rev­enues; this has be­come a le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity of the KRG,” said Min­is­ter Haidari. “This is an ex­pres­sion of the will of the Kur­dis­tani na­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Jus­tice Min­is­ter, his gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity now is to se­cure the le­gal and con­sti­tu­tional rights of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and its peo­ple, “which con­sti­tute guar­an­tee­ing the 17% share of the bud­get, Min­istry of Pesh­marga bud­get as part of the Iraqi de­fense sys­tem, as well as suf­fi­cient funds to com­pen­sate the dam­ages caused to the Kurds in the past years.”

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