Erbil will send incomes to Baghdad this week: spokesman

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said on Sunday, June 6, that Erbil plans to send oil and a portion of its non-oil income to Baghdad this week, potentially resolving an impasse over implementation of the federal budget.

Adil said during a press conference that he hopes Baghdad will reciprocate and send budget transfers to the Kurdistan Region in the near future.
Regarding public sector workers’ salaries, he stated that the KRG will pay workers once every month under the framework of the reform law, but did not address longstanding cuts.
Under the 2021 Federal Budget Law, which passed on March 31, the KRG is supposed to receive $6.5 billion from the budget, which will be disbursed in monthly increments, in return for submitting 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Iraq's oil marketer SOMO for export and a portion of the income derived from customs duties at international border crossings with Iran and Turkey.
Those budget transfers would theoretically enable the KRG to pay full public sector salaries. For more than a year it has either not paid public servants or cut their salaries by nearly a quarter, leading to widespread frustration among the Region’s middle class.
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