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    UPDATE: Kurdish MPs boycott despite budget vote not necessarily happening



    UPDATE: Kurdish MPs boycott despite budget vote not necessarily happening

    BAGHDAD, Iraq A second reading for Iraq's 2018 budget bill has taken place in the parliament on Tuesday with Kurdish blocs once again, boycotting the session.

    "We initially walked inside. As soon as we realized that the second reading of the budget bill was taking place, we decided to leave the chambers," Zana Rostai, a Kurdish MP and member of the legal committee of the parliament, told Rudaw.

    Rostai added they were asked by Salim al-Jabouri, the parliament speaker, to not boycott the session.

    In today's session a quorom wasn't met, reported a Rudaw correspondent from Baghdad.

    "Though the parliament speaker asked us to remain saying a voting on the budget bill might not necessarily take place we rejected his call saying not boycotting would meet the quorum," explained Rostai.

    Shirin Dino, another Kurdish MP, said all the five Kurdish parties: KDP, PUK, Gorran, KIU, and Komal, boycotted altogether.

    Despite Jabouri's call for the Kurdish blocs to not boycott, Dino said they were sure if the second reading took place, then a voting would ensue.

    She said they would do their best to prevent the session from meeting a quorum.

    The Sunni blocs alike, have expressed opposition to the budget bill, Dino said.

    "From the newly revised draft sent to the parliament by Abadi, the Sunni demands have also not been implemented," she added. "But, they did not boycott today's session."

    She said that the Shiite Badr bloc MPs threw their support behind the Kurdish demands.

    Article Credit: http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/...iraq/130220181
    (Special thanks to Charles Bright)



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    Re: UPDATE: Kurdish MPs boycott despite budget vote not necessarily happening

    They seem to be slowly coming around... Interesting...

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