Ze­bari warns to re­sign

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The Iraqi Fi­nance Min­is­ter Hushiar Ze­bari, a Kurd from Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, has warned the Iraqi fed­eral gov­ern­ment if it is not ready to send the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional’s share of the na­tional bud­get, then he is go­ing to of­fer his res­ig­na­tion let­ter.

Ahmed Ha­jji Rasheed, a Kur­dish MP from Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic League, con­firmed the re­ports re­gard­ing Ze­bari’s threats.

Rasheed stated that Bagh­dad should com­mit to the agree­ment signed be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Iraq. He also added that res­ig­na­tion of Iraqi Fi­nance Min­is­ter is a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion and the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship should ac­cept it.

The Kur­dish MP an­nounced that the long-term dis­putes be­tween the two par­ties have to be re­solved ba­si­cally and salary of the em­ploy­ees should not be in­volved in the con­flict and made it politi­cized.

A Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion led by PM Barzani headed to Bagh­dad on Fe­bru­ary 15 to dis­cuss oil ex­ports and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s bud­get. The del­e­ga­tion re­turned back to Kur­dis­tan with no gain and the meet­ings ended in im­passe.

The main ob­jec­tive of the meet­ings was to dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment reached last De­cem­ber be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Iraq on oil ex­port and bud­getary is­sues.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, it be­came ap­par­ent that due to the fi­nan­cial cri­sis in Iraq and the lack of liq­uid­ity, the Iraqi gov­ern­ment is un­able to pay the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s share of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary from the fed­eral bud­get.

The two sides agreed to con­tinue hold­ing fur­ther talks in or­der to find an ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment be­tween Bagh­dad and Er­bil reached on Dec. 2, the Kur­dish re­gional gov­ern­ment has to ex­port 250,000 bar­rels of oil per day, and Kirkuk Prov­ince 300,000 un­der the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s su­per­vi­sion. In re­turn, the Iraqi gov­ern­ment would pro­vide 17 per­cent of its na­tional bud­get to Er­bil.

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