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Deputy reveals huge sums spent for the region and the recognition of the President of the Office of Financial Supervision inability to audit

Editorial date:2019/7/31 21:2619 times read
Deputy reveals huge sums spent for the region and the recognition of the President of the Office of Financial Supervision inability to audit
[Baghdad-where]
The deputy of the bloc of wisdom opposition Hassan Fadam, for huge sums spent for the Kurdistan region, and the recognition of the President of the Office of Financial Supervision.
He said in a press conference held inside the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, attended by the correspondent {Euphrates News} that "one of the most important outputs of today's meeting with Finance Ministers Fuad Hussein and Oil Thamer Ghadhban and the President of the Office of Financial Supervision and in the presence of Deputy Speaker Hassan al-Kaabi and more than 70 deputies Share the territory and bypass the budget law and its violation. "
"The basic outputs that have become very clear to the deputies is the failure of the Minister of Finance to the provisions of the budget of 2019 and violated it with intent."
"The second paragraph of the recognition of the Minister of Oil that the proportion of oil exported from the Kurdistan region, according to the budget is not 250 thousand barrels a day, but 460 thousand barrels per day, except smuggled oil tanks, which may reach 600 thousand barrels per day.
"The other issue the recognition of the President of the Office of Financial Supervision of his inability to follow up and audit revenues and financial expenses within the region and prevent him from practicing his role."
He added support "Minister of Finance represents the region and does not represent the Iraqi government and today was his defense only for the dues of the region, and we asked to grant the provinces dues as granted to the province and provide jobs to demonstrators in all provinces on the pretext of the absence of financial allocations while thousands of billions to the region.
He said that "the Minister of Finance has handed over nearly 4 billion dinars to the region during the past six months," stressing "continue to interrogate him and dismiss him and not allow to override the Iraqi public money."

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Parliamentary integrity: the answers of the Minister of Finance on the implementation of budget items shameful

 31/07/2019 08:58 PM | Number of readings:

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Parliamentary integrity: the answers of the Minister of Finance on the implementation of budget items shameful

Al-Ahed News - Baghdad

The Parliamentary Integrity Committee confirmed on Wednesday that the answers of the Minister of Finance Fouad Hussein on the implementation of the provisions of the budget of 2019 do not rise to hear and shameful .

A member of the committee Yusuf al-Kalabi said in a press statement that "the answers of Finance Minister Fuad Hussein during his hosting within the parliament was not satisfactory and does not rise to hear but it is shameful answers," pointing out that "Hussein did not answer a number of questions on the implementation of the provisions of the budget of 2019" .

He added that "the House of Representatives will question Finance Minister Fouad Hussein the beginning of the third legislative term," noting that "hosting proved that the provincial government is not cooperating with the federal government in Baghdad on financial obligations" .

The House of Representatives has held, on Wednesday, hosting Finance Minister Fouad Hussein and Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, headed by First Deputy Speaker Hassan al-Kaabi and the presence of members of oil, energy, financial and parliamentary integrity committees .

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Al-Kalabi to the "Covenant": Minister of Finance refrained from implementing a law obliging the Kurdistan region to pay damage to Baghdad

 31/07/2019 09:41 PM | Number of readings: 1
Al-Kalabi to the "Covenant": Minister of Finance refrained from implementing a law obliging the Kurdistan region to pay damage to Baghdad

Al Ahd News - Special

"The province has received more than 150 billion dollars during the previous years," MP Yusuf al-Kalabi said Wednesday, noting that the region was taking surplus oil revenues without referring them to the federal government.

Al-Kalabi said in an interview with the "Covenant" that "the budget provides for the delivery of the region not less than 250 thousand barrels per day to Baghdad and imports of the province and its border border is not inventory and this is a major violation of financial," adding, "It was not agreed to oblige the Kurdistan region The value of the damage from the oil exported through it. "

He pointed out that "the President of the Office of Financial Control can not be held accountable for the details of the Kurdistan region," adding that the head of the Office of Financial Supervision to pursue the funds of the region through the courts.

Al-Kalabi added that "the Minister of Finance refrained from implementing a law obliging the Kurdistan region to pay damage to Baghdad," stressing that the failure of the Minister of Finance to commit the region to pay the dues of Baghdad is an injustice against the Iraqi people.

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Editorial date: 2019/7/31 17:50 • 677 times prescribed
Parliament calls on the Office of Financial Supervision to perform its role in auditing the accounts of the province
The First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hassan al-Kaabi on Wednesday in the House of Representatives today an expanded meeting of the Finance Committee and the Committee on oil and energy in the presence of a number of deputies on the parliamentary committees, Finance Minister Fouad Hussein, Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, Integrity agency Salah Nuri, to discuss the oil file of the region and the lack of commitment of the provincial government to implement the provisions of the General Budget 2019.
"The problem of selling the oil of the province and the share of the region in the general budget is not new, but a topic of constant debate in almost every year, specifically during the budget preparation," said al-Kaabi, according to a statement of his media office, which received a copy of it, To find a final legal solution to this file with the insistence on the implementation of all parties to the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution, which stipulates that the oil wealth and others are the property of all Iraqis and no right to go to the contrary. 
He pointed out that "this file attests from time to time, media excitement and statements and inconsistencies in the figures, and here we saw the need to host the ministers concerned to answer all questions, and that their answers are legal and accompanied by documents and figures," stressing that "the text of the Federal Budget Law is the legal framework and legislative solution All financial differences. "
He called on all executive officials to answer the questions and queries of the House of Representatives and provide MPs with all the answers and documents they need as a constitutional right as a representative of the people and charged with a supervisory and legislative duty. 
The meeting agreed on the implementation of a number of recommendations, including the obligation of the Ministry of Finance to implement Article 10 of the budget law with regard to the share of the region and the consequent financial obligations to the central government, and calculate the damage rates due to lack of commitment of the provincial government in coordination with the Finance Committee, in addition to the activation and sustainability of dialogue Between the central government and the provincial government to reach understandings and solutions to all problems. "
It also agreed to "mandate the financial and oil and energy parliamentary committees to receive all the official replies from the ministries of oil and finance and the Office of Financial Control and analysis of inputs and answers to this meeting, and to submit the report and recommendations for submission to the House of Representatives to take the appropriate decision," while " In turn to audit all accounts and the number of employees and all other belongings in the Kurdistan region. " is over
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Editorial Date: 2019/7/31 20:56 • 221 times read
Aboudi: Minister of Finance confirmed the payment of salaries of the staff of the region ordered by Abdul Mahdi
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) The deputy of the bloc of wisdom opposition to the slave, a book presented by Finance Minister Fouad Hussein during the hosting session on Wednesday, includes an order by the Prime Minister to pay salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region.
Al-Abboudi told Al-Furat News that "the book submitted by the Minister of Finance in which Adel Abdul-Mahdi agreed to give the salaries of the staff of the region." He pointed out that "we are with this approval, but he says that the handover of the territorial government. 
"I'm not talking about the 2019 budget and even the budget, I said at least 250,000 barrels per day, maybe the probability of an increase is not only what is pumped through pipelines, but also through the export of illegal roads as well." 
"If the expected imports of up to $ 10 billion of border crossings are defiant, why come to the Ministry of Finance only one billion dollars ?," and this wide gap between the 10 and 1 billion of those who bear responsibility, and where the supervisory role. 
"Perhaps even the armament of the weapon is a key player in this matter."
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Date of release: 2019/7/31 23:34 • 190 times read
Al-Hashemi reveals a huge breach in the Central Bank of billions of dollars with "whales"
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) Member of the Commission on Integrity Parliamentary Khalid al-Jeshmi, a major breach in the Central Bank with whales "worth billions of dollars.
"The Central Bank recommended a decision by the Council of Ministers to reduce the rate of 50% of the interest of loans to influential businessmen for the past years," Al-Gheshmi said on Al-Furat satellite channel. 
He pointed out that "the existence of documents for loans in amounts of {575} million dollars and there are 18 loans of this size in the amount of not less than {250} million dollars," noting that "the total borrowers (20} people of the Commercial Bank of Iraq in previous years in the time of {Hamdiya dry} And billions of dollars. " 
"These are the whales and are supported by senior state officials and political leaders, which is financial corruption," he said. "For years, traders have not paid the interest rate or the assets of their debt. When the current director wanted to push them to pay, he was put under pressure and threatened to resign. And accountability to yield to some unacceptable things "
"The Central Bank has formed a committee and come out with these irresponsible and unjust recommendations. These traders have become billionaires after they were nothing," he said. 
"The Central Bank issued a recommendation to reduce the benefits of influential businessmen two days ago and we received yesterday, and the first was the central bank to give housing loans at a rate of 2% for citizens," he said. "The book refers to the decision of the Council of Ministers issued because of the financial crisis experienced by The country and the war on the urging of this decision for companies that have committed with the State contracts to implement projects and provided them with facilities and teams in the currency because they were severely damaged because of the suspension of their projects and the State then did not have sufficient liquidity to finance projects and even reduce the loans.
"But according to my own information, these 20 influential people went to the director general of the Commercial Bank and asked him to reduce the benefits based on this decision, refused to reduce their debts and told them literally that they did not include this decision; so he resorted to the Central Bank and obtained a decision in their favor, "These [20] have a strong back from the politicians known and leaders in the state and have a partnership in the Kurdistan region and one of these powerful traders responsible for holding cars Interior corrupt." 
"All of them are whales of corruption and want to delay loans at the expense of the people's money. The governor of the central bank, Ali Al-Aalak, should not take this step and issue a decision to reduce the benefits of corruption whales to 50%, estimated at more than one billion dollars for previous years."
"The loans received by influential businessmen exceed the $ 5 billion," he said, pointing out that "the Anti-Corruption Council has not dealt with them until now, noting that many loans were granted guarantees are trivial," expressing "regret that not taken appropriate action by The federal government that applies the laws on this issue. " 
On the hosting of the ministers of finance Fouad Hussein and oil Thamer Ghadhban and the head of the Office of Financial Supervision explained Geshmi "today was hosted by the Minister of Finance and Oil and the President of the Office of Financial Supervision on the background of the delivery of oil region to the federal government, and whether the current government and finance committed to the budget law and did not pay the dues of the region only after Delivery of oil and came the answer of anger with the letter (we have no control over the fields of the region and Mosul and Kirkuk). "
He noted that "Ghadban during the hosting session that the region exports {461} thousand barrels per day across the border crossings and 150 thousand barrels per day smuggling, that is, the region produces daily more than {600} thousand barrels per day and amounts if counted on {50} dollars per barrel One, the amount obtained will be {12} billion dollars a year, all go to the province of the region. " 
"The head of the Office of Financial Supervision in charge of monitoring the accounts and revenues collected in the region, he also stressed that {institutions and the government of the region was prevented from submitting the required documents or control of its resources and exports abroad)," adding that "the President of the Office of Financial Supervision filed a lawsuit against Territory and waiting for the answer. "
He stressed that "the Minister of Finance did not deliver the amounts of duties, taxes and fines imposed in the region and customs fees to the treasury of the state has been disbursements of the region of {4} trillion and {500} billion dinars, and remained for the province in the budget only {5} trillion dinars without access Of which one dinar. " 
On the subject of the presidency of the Commission on Integrity Parliamentary Committee member said "a month ago elections were held for the chairmanship of the Commission and 3 candidates for the position in the first round did not receive any of them an absolute majority, and went to a second round did not get {Ali al-Saghri and Ahmad Mashhadani} an absolute majority or a simple total number Members of the Committee and they are 23 deputies, "stressing that" the Chairman of the Integrity Committee is the MP Hisham Suhail oldest until the election of the new Chairman of the Committee. "
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The Presidency of the Parliament issues several recommendations on the file of oil export

Political | 6:01 - 31/07/2019

 
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Baghdad - Mawazin News 
The Presidency of the Council of Representatives, during an expanded meeting in the presence of Finance Ministers Fuad Hussein and Oil Thamir Ghadhban, Wednesday, several recommendations on the file of oil export. 
"The first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan al-Kaabi, held an extended meeting of the Finance Committee and the Committee on Oil and Energy in the presence of a number of deputies on the parliamentary committees, and Minister Finance Minister Fuad Hussein, and Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, the head of the Office of Financial Supervision and the Integrity Agency, Salah Nuri, to discuss the oil file of the region and the lack of commitment of the provincial government to implement the provisions of the General Budget 2019.
Al-Kaabi said that "the problem of selling oil of the province and the share of the region in the budget is not new but a topic of constant debate in almost every year, specifically during the budget preparation," noting that "the House of Representatives agreed to find a final legal solution to this file with the insistence on the implementation of all The parties to the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution, which stipulates that the oil wealth and other are the property of all Iraqis and no right to any party to go the contrary. " 
He said that "this file attests from time to time, media excitement and statements and inconsistencies in the figures, and here we saw the need to host the ministers concerned to answer all questions, and that their answers are legal and accompanied by documents and figures," stressing that "the text of the Federal Budget Law is the legal and legislative framework To resolve all financial differences. "
He called on all executives to "answer the questions and queries of the House of Representatives and provide MPs with all the answers and documents they need as a constitutional right as a representative of the people and charged with a supervisory and legislative duty." 
The meeting agreed on the implementation of a number of recommendations, including the obligation of the Ministry of Finance to implement Article 10 of the budget law with regard to the share of the region and the consequent financial obligations to the central government, and calculate the rates of damage as a result of non-compliance of the provincial government in coordination with the Finance Committee, Dialogue between the central government and the provincial government to reach understandings and solutions to all problems. "
As agreed, to "mandate the financial and oil and energy parliamentary committees to receive all the official replies from the Ministries of Oil and Finance and the Bureau of Financial Control and analysis of inputs and answers to this meeting, and submit the report and recommendations for submission to the House of Representatives to take the appropriate decision." 
He called al-Kaabi, the Federal Audit Bureau to "carry out its role in the audit of all private accounts and the number of employees and all other belongings in the Kurdistan region." Ended 29/6 n

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National Union: Baghdad is committed to sending salaries of employees of Kurdistan

Political | 08:15 - 31/07/2019

 
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BAGHDAD - Mawazine News 
MP on the Union National Union, Hassan Ali, on Wednesday, that Baghdad is committed to send salaries of employees and other segments in the Kurdistan region. 
"The House of Representatives hosted the ministers of finance and oil in an emergency meeting chaired by Hassan al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, and in the presence of the parliamentary committees of finance, oil and energy and a number of members of the Council," Ali said in a statement quoted by the official website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. The deputies to discuss the issue of oil exports, "adding that" the meeting discussed paragraphs of the budget law relating to the Kurdistan Region and the issue of sending oil imports to the federal government. " 
He added that "the meeting was positive in the presence of a number of deputies and representatives of the political blocs and some heads of parliamentary committees," noting that "
He pointed out that "the Baghdad government is committed to sending salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region and the rest of the segments, in exchange for the implementation of all budget items," pointing out that "was addressed the issue of budget 2020, as it is scheduled to be studied after the legislative holiday in detail." 
"The Kurdish deputies will be their priority in the budget of 2020, ensure the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region and send all financial benefits to the Kurdistan region, including the development of regions and provinces." 
He explained that "the Federal Minister of Finance had clear explanations for the present and expressed his reluctance to investigate the files of his ministry by any regulatory body, in addition to the need to send Baghdad to the benefits of the financial region and the most important salaries."
"The government of the region and Baghdad will continue to hold talks to reach a final and comprehensive agreement to resolve all outstanding issues between the two sides," Hassan Ali said, adding that "there will be meetings and further discussions in the near future in order to normalize relations between Arbil and Baghdad. 6 n

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How do they think the Barzani family got to be so stinking wealthy

 

it certainly wasn’t from using S&H Green stamps or collecting pop bottles. Y’all older folks will remember doing this stuff.

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Kurdistan seems to do just fine without the GOI.  Barzani and his son stole a lot of

money from the people but the number of politicians in the thieves den was smaller

so the over all effect was less harmful. Also i think their military actually has men

holding positions and are in attendance  No ghost soldiers on the payroll. LoL

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This is why the HCL has taken so long..... They don’t want an official examination to their accounts they want to continue selling under the table and smuggling oil.

 

After the court decision in favor of the Kurds on art 140, I hope the HCL gets passed.

 

Go HCL 

Go profit sharing 

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20 minutes ago, steveh12 said:

I got my first 26 inch bike with S&H Greenstamps.

Mom was the best!

 

....................Sorry to hijack thread ........................

 

 haha best times ever ,,, cant imagine how high that stack of books was to score a bike , i was just to impatient to hold out for the big ticket items id get a few books filled in and boom id cash em in for whatever i could get which of course is what they wanted people to do looking back on it now and my two brothers were just as impatient ......

 

 

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1 hour ago, alreis said:

How do they think the Barzani family got to be so stinking wealthy

 

it certainly wasn’t from using S&H Green stamps or collecting pop bottles. Y’all older folks will remember doing this stuff.

You had me at S&H Green Stamps. We would bit Acme on a regular bases to buy groceries and get our stamps. 

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1 hour ago, 3n1 said:

 haha best times ever ,,, cant imagine how high that stack of books was to score a bike , i was just to impatient to hold out for the big ticket items id get a few books filled in and boom id cash em in for whatever i could get which of course is what they wanted people to do looking back on it now and my two brothers were just as impatient ......

 

:twothumbs: Great Post, 3n1, AND The Very Best Of The Rest Of Your Week AND Up Coming Weekend To You!!! :tiphat:

 

You FORGOT to mention thee S&H Gold Stamps AND the S&H redemption centers. Amazing what the S&H Green Stamp AND Gold Stamp books could get YOU!!!

 

Go Moola Nova!

:pirateship:

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Lawmakers: Parliament will question the finance minister at the beginning of the next legislative term

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Lawmakers: Parliament will question the finance minister at the beginning of the next legislative term

 
Baghdad / Sabah / Muhannad Abdul Wahab
 

Revealed the members of the House of Representatives on the details of the negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad on the outstanding issues, pointing out that the negotiations are going in close and long-term, and while pointing out that the goal of hosting oil and finance ministers to find a common understanding on oil receivables between the federal government and the region, Suffix may result in questioning of persons associated with this file.

This comes at a time when the parliamentary legal committee found that the decision of the Federal Court on Article 140 is purely legal and does not bear a political character.
"We will continue to question the finance minister at the beginning of the next legislative term and we thought that hosting him could have solved the problem, but we did not see any transparency in the answers," MP Yousef al-Kalabi told a news conference after hosting the finance and oil ministers and the head of the House of Representatives' House of Representatives. Are engaged in questioning and returning the financial plan to the right path through equitable distribution of wealth.
He pointed out that the article 10 of the budget requires the Minister of Finance not to pay any amount unless the amount of damage was calculated, indicating that the data provided by the Ministry of Oil on oil exports and the operator and the oil product, either directly or from the port Ceyhan, or indirectly through the tankers that smuggle to neighboring countries and other imports did not meet the Minister of Finance.
Al-Kalabi said, "We asked the head of the Financial Control Bureau to settle the final accounts with the Kurdistan region from 2004 to 2018 because the region is different from the rest of the provinces, where it takes its budget fully, indicating that the head of the Office of Financial Supervision confirmed that there is no cooperation by the government of the region With the SAI, forcing us to sue him against the final accounts.
Al-Kalabi said that the finance minister did not answer the differences between Baghdad and Erbil on the export of oil, citing it as a politician.
In turn turn the MP for the alliance of Alaa al-Rubaie that the hosting aim to discuss the outstanding issues between the federal government and the Kurdistan region, noting that «« federal budget, the government obliged the government of the region to hand over oil imports to the federal government and did not abide by the region this agreement.
Al-Rubaie told Al-Sabah: The oil minister confirmed that the region has not allowed supervision of its oil sales since 2004 to this day, noting that the oil minister pointed out that the region produces 380 thousand barrels per day and exports 361 thousand barrels.
Al-Rubaie pointed out that Erbil did not abide by any agreement and the problems will remain with Baghdad for a longer period, noting that the additions in this regard will continue and may result in questioning of the personalities associated with the file.
And on the decision of the Federal Court on Article 140, explained the member of the Legal Committee Hussein Aqabi, in a press statement that the decision is purely legal and we must respect, denying that the decision is the result of political pressure.
Al-Aqabi added that the government's duty is to implement some provisions of article 140 and not to apply the article in full, as stated in the constitution, noting that "some of these paragraphs are originally the duties of the government, including normalization of the situation and the return of displaced persons.
Al-Aqabi pointed out that the House of Representatives stands against the application of article 140 in full for fear of introducing the country into sectarian and sectarian strife exploited by external parties.
While the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Vian Sabri, that «the decision of the Federal Court to enter into force Article 140 is a binding and applicable decision under Article 93 of the Constitution, indicating that Article 140 includes three stages is normalization and statistics and the referendum.
Sabri added that the legislative and executive authorities are required to implement this decision by activating the committees on this issue in the two houses of ministers and deputies, which have been suspended for a long time, pointing out that this decision is very important for normalization not only in Kirkuk but in all disputed areas.
And on the latest developments in the dialogue of Baghdad and Erbil, the MP for the alliance of the riyadh al-Masoudi, in a press statement: The negotiations with the Kurdistan region is continuing to resolve the crisis between Baghdad and Erbil has formed a government committee in order to consider the implementation of budget items and salaries of staff of the region is short-term.
Al-Massoudi said that another committee formed by the central government and the Kurdistan region to resolve all outstanding issues, including the disputed areas and the number of employees in the region and the Peshmerga and the sale of Kurdistan oil away from Baghdad, pointing out that the central government is going on two tracks to end the dispute with Arbil without escalating positions, The past years to sign a final agreement sets a roadmap for dealing between the two sides.
For his part, said MP from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Sherwan Mirza, in a press statement that it was decided during the last meeting held between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government in Arbil, the formation of joint technical committees to address outstanding issues, especially financial, noting that according to the agreement will be a technical delegation of The Kurdistan Regional Government will soon visit the capital Baghdad to meet with a delegation of the federal government to discuss mechanisms to address outstanding problems. 
On the possibility of addressing the problems, Mirza explained that the outstanding problem is not difficult and can be addressed if there is strong will.

 
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1 hour ago, Laid Back said:

This is why the HCL has taken so long..... They don’t want an official examination to their accounts they want to continue selling under the table and smuggling oil.

The HCL, the Rv, internationally accepted currency all mean transparency and accountability.  It is pretty hard to walk off with 500,000 barrels of oil a day when someone is looking over your shoulder And counting. 

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10 minutes ago, FROSTYJACK said:

The HCL, the Rv, internationally accepted currency all mean transparency and accountability.  It is pretty hard to walk off with 500,000 barrels of oil a day when someone is looking over your shoulder And counting. 

Totally agree my friend FROSTYJACK.

They don’t want to give away their petty cash 

The Barzani’s greed for power and money is above their own people. 

$370 billion dollars is Barzani,s family fortune.

My question is; how much is enough ?

 

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Everyone in Iraq and Kurdistan have the same middle name. Corruption. It truly is second nature to them. Nothing is ever done about it. You can't have an RV with this kind of corruption.

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When they start to talk of amnesty of the smugglers in favor of turning the page and working within the Sumo framework to share oil resources, then we might be on the brink of something.

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There was an article this week about just that and had lifted their amnesty, warrants rein

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When they start to talk of amnesty of the smugglers in favor of turning the page and working within the Sumo framework to share oil resources, then we might be on the brink of something.

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8 hours ago, Laid Back said:

 

$370 billion dollars is Barzani,s family fortune.

My question is; how much is enough ?

 

Well I can handle 1 percent

and thank god every min for that

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Wonder who is stealing our governments money putting us trillions of dollars in debt??  :twocents:

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Iraqi parliament discusses KRG oil exports and federal budget with Iraqi oil and finance ministers

By Lawk Ghafuri 1 hour ago
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Iraqi parliament discusses KRG oil exports and federal budget with Iraqi oil and finance ministers
Iraqi Finance Minister Fuad Hussein. Photo: Rudaw TV

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Iraqi finance and oil ministers went to the Iraqi parliament on Wednesday to discuss ongoing disputes between the federal and Kurdistan Region governments over Kurdish oil exports and the federal budget.

 

Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi parliament Hassan al-Kaabi said the ministers met with finance and oil and gas committee members to deliberate on the matter.


“The finance and oil and gas resource committees confronted the ministers regarding KRG oil exportation, and the failure of (Kurdistan Region Government) KRG to meet the demands of the federal budget bill of 2019,” Kaabi said in a statement. 

The majority of the MPs in the meeting demanded the Iraqi Ministry of Finance require the KRG to export 250,000 barrels per day through the state-owned oil company SOMO to help pay for the federal budget, as Article 10 of the constitution demands, according to Kaabi. 

Following months of negotiations to draft a budget for 2019, the Iraqi parliament finally approved a budget for 2019 in January. The salaries of Peshmerga forces and civil servants in the Kurdistan Region are now insulated from potential political disputes between Erbil and  Baghdad for the time being.

The KRG currently receives a 12.67 percent share of the federal budget, short of the desired 17 percent it received before relations between Erbil and Baghdad soured in 2014.

The budget requires the KRG to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day through Iraq’s SOMO and hand over all revenues to the central treasury. The KRG has failed to meet this obligation this year.

Not everyone was pleased with the meeting.

 

Yousif al-Kilaby, a member of the parliamentary integrity committee, released a statement on his official Facebook account accusing Finance Minister Fuad Hussein of hiding data and numbers regarding KRG oil revenues by refusing to answer specific questions asked by MPs during the meeting. 


“We didn’t get enough and accurate answers from the Iraqi finance minister,” said Kilaby.

“The Head of the financial control bureau stated that the KRG is not supportive regarding the implementation of the bill conditions,” he added.

MP Aram Naji Balatay, a member of oil and gas committee, told Rudaw that the KRG has two options to implement Article 10.

“KRG is either going to send revenues of 250,000 barrels per day to  Baghdad, or leave Baghdad to cut 250,000 barrels per day worth in the KRG shares in the federal budget every day,” said Balatay.

Balatay rejected the claims of some MPs that the finance minister refused to answer some of the MPs' questions.

 

“The Finance Minister answered all the questions, but, due to time shortage and the large number of questions, the finance minister could not answer all of the questions,” he said.

 

The KRG’s share of the Iraqi budget was cut in 2014 due to disagreements over the Kurdistan Region’s independent oil sales. 


Faced with a financial crisis caused by a budget cut from Baghdad, falling oil prices, a costly war with the Islamic State (ISIS), and hosting nearly two million displaced Iraqis, the KRG introduced a salary-saving scheme.

The wildly unpopular measure slashed the salaries of KRG employees and delayed payments for months at a time. Fed up with the austerity measures, public sector employees, mainly in Sulaimani, staged protests and strikes in early 2018.

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad turned sour after Erbil went ahead with its  referendum for independence from Iraq in September 2017, a move that culminated in an embargo on international flights in and out of the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi security forces retaking the disputed territories previously controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Relations have vastly improved since current prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi took office, but remain tentative.
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