Kirkuk Likely to Return 65% of Budget to Baghdad

Speaking to AKnews on Friday, Kirkuk Council member Ahmad Askari said Kirkuk's budget for 2010 was 121 billion Iraqi Dinars  ($103 million),  but so far only $34m has been spent on providing services; according to the provincial councils' law the reminder should be returned to Baghdad, if not spent.

"It is unlikely that the province will be able able to use up the reminder within the next two months," he explained.

Residents in the oil rich province of Kirkuk, a mixture of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmans, have always criticized the government for the lack of services. However, despite the frequent attacks and bombings in the province, the government has not stopped implementing projects in the area.

(Source: AKnews)

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