Nujaifi: Negotiations on Budget "Failed"

By John Lee.

The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Osama Al-Nujeifi [Usama al-Nujaifi] (pictured), said on Thursday that negotiations with leaders of the political blocs on the state budget for 2013 have entered a "blind alley", according to KUNA news agency.

He blamed the deadlock on disputes among the parliamentary blocs on allocations for the development of regions and financial dues of companies working in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Talks between the political blocs had reached a dead end, he said, and parliament should sending the budget back to the government to increase the expenditures, or "use its right in moving the moneys within the budget's items".

(Source: KUNA)

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