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PUK MP hits out at Iraq taking on additional debt, urges reform

Member of the Council of Representatives Blesa Jabar Farman (File/Blesa Jabar Farman's Social Media account)
2021-02-25

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SULAIMANI — Member of the Council of Representatives Blesa Jabar Farman said on Thursday (February 25) that Iraq is facing many crises and has a huge budget shortfall, but argued that they can be surmounted by instituting reforms.

Farman, who represents the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), told Voice of America (VOA) that the parliament has approved laws for borrowing money several times, but that the practice has created a cycle of debt.

“Definitely [Iraq] will not overcome these crises through borrowing. Reforms must be done,” she said, adding that the country’s main problems are “injustice and corruption.”

Farman said that lawmakers, including Kurdish ones, do not trust the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and cannot guarantee to their colleagues from the other ethno-sectarian blocs that Erbil will keep its promises.

(NRT Digital Media)