KRG cancels Baghdad trip as budget negotiations stall ahead of vote

KDP delegation to make trip, says party spokesperson

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SULAIMANI — An expected trip to Baghdad by a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) negotiating delegation was scrapped on Wednesday (February 24) because neither side appeared willing to compromise about their budget demands.

NRT reporter Omed Muhammed said that he surveyed the lawmakers who sit on the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee and they said that everything is settled in the draft 2021 Federal Budget Law, expect where it concerns the Kurdistan Region.

On Tuesday night, a spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a statement that the Kurdistan Region’s share is the main obstacle preventing passage of the bill.

A final vote on the legislation has been pushed back three times already because of the failure of Baghdad and Erbil to come to an agreement.

Over the weekend, MPs said that there would likely be a vote on Thursday, but it could be pushed back again.

KRG Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the KRG remains confident that an agreement can be reached.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Spokesperson Mahmoud Muhammed said that a delegation from his party would go to Baghdad to meet with officials from the Shia and Sunni parties in an effort to break the deadlock.

(NRT Digital Media)