Iraq PM lifts flight ban to Kurdish region's airports

Iraq PM lifts flight ban to Kurdish region's airports

On March 3, the Iraqi parliament endorsed a bill for the country's 2018 federal budget with about 77 billion USA dollars and a deficit of about 10 billion dollars, after months of heated debate among the political blocs over multiple controversial items, including the 17-percent allocation from the national budget for the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Al-Abadi described the move as "a gift to the people of Kurdistan", during a meeting aired on Iraqi state television and added that the central government would also release salaries for government employees in the Kurdish region ahead of the celebration of the Kurdish new year later this month.

This hit the Kurdistan Region's economy, with a decrease in tourism and travel affecting local businesses.

"Kurdistan's regional airports will be under the command of the Federal Ministry of the Interior", the statement said.

Federal customs authorities will supervise the "introduction, production and handling of materials and equipment through the two airports", the decree said. The deputy spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said talks were ongoing on the issue.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum has refused to approve the 2018 national budget law and returned it to the Iraqi Parliament for amendment, the President's Media Office said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Iraqi President has rejected the 2018 national budget law, approved by the Iraqi Parliament after a majority vote, due to the presence of constitutional violations in the bill.

The Kurds, however, are not willing to accept anything less than a 17-percent share, saying there has not been a census in Iraq since 1987.

"We are sending it (the budget) back to the parliament to amend the legal and constitutional violations we pointed out", Kenany said.

Related Articles

  • Sam Bradford signs with Cardinals

    Sam Bradford signs with Cardinals

    He was shut down for the 2017 last season after needing surgery to help fix a bone bruise in his knee. And the team is obviously not done when it comes to addressing the position.
    Local State Lawmakers React To Percoco Guilty Verdict

    Local State Lawmakers React To Percoco Guilty Verdict

    Prosecutors made much of Percoco's use of the word "ziti" in emails to claim he knew he was accepting bribes. Cuomo has repeatedly declined to weigh in on the trial, saying he wanted to let the legal process play out.
    Calls for warnings on labels of 'astonishingly salty' Chinese food

    Calls for warnings on labels of 'astonishingly salty' Chinese food

    Consuming too much salt has been associated with the development of degenerative health conditions, which include heart disease. However, some products are still too high in salt and we know this can be reduced further.
  • Here's when Apple will reveal what's next for iOS and macOS

    Here's when Apple will reveal what's next for iOS and macOS

    Last year , the annual developer conference switched venues from the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco to San Jose. You can usually expect previews of iOS and macOS updates to command large sections of the WWDC keynote.
    Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

    Colson and Farrell were both out injured when the Irish lost 88-66 at Duke in late January during Notre Dame's seven-game slide. Yes, the Irish did have a couple of bad 80-77 losses to IN and Ball State when healthy, both falling IN quadrant three.
    Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Check Out Which Casino is Best For You With No Deposit Bonuses

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and if you or another first-time player makes a mistake, you would not expect criticism. All the games have rules to follow and there are plenty of online resources that will teach you how to play them.
  • Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

    Amazon recalls power banks due to fire, chemical burn hazards

    Product ID number B00LRK8EVO, B00LRK8HJ8, B00LRK8I7O, B00LRK8IV0, B00LRK8JDC or B00ZQ4JQAA is printed on the back. Amazon has removed all of the affected models from its store to prevent more from entering circulation.
    Presidency reportedly bars Journalists from covering Buhari's Benue Visit

    Presidency reportedly bars Journalists from covering Buhari's Benue Visit

    Speaking Tuesday morning, Adesina said the president has other channels of information but does not receive all information. He called for a reordering of the security architecture in the country and it makes a lot of sense.
    How to Get the Best Tan from a Tanning Bed

    How to Get the Best Tan from a Tanning Bed

    After your first two or three sessions, you can feel free to increase your exposure time and even the power of the tanning bed. You may be tempted to play some free slot machines with free spins but leave this for after you complete your tanning session.
  • The Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) CEO Sells $387475.00 in Stock

    Amazon .com, Inc offers a range of products and services through its Websites. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares were sold by Reynolds Shelley. The firm earned "Sell" rating on Friday, July 28 by Jefferies. (NASDAQ:AMZN) on Thursday, January 18 with "Buy" rating.
    State of Decay 2 Getting a Loaded Collector's Edition

    State of Decay 2 Getting a Loaded Collector's Edition

    The State of Decay 2 Collector's Edition is available to pre-order now from your "favourite retailer", if it looks like something you'd quite fancy owning.

    Myths about learning English

    For example, you can fulfill the exercise online and it’s better than to write it and it shows your mistakes automatically. And again- the motivation is the key! The myth#3: the residence in another country guarantees you the language learning.