A Kurdish news website in the Kurdistan Region reported that two Kurdish members of the Iraqi parliament had asked the central government not to send 320 billion dinars as salaries to the Kurdistan Region. Yesterday, Iraqi government spokesman Ahmad Talal announced that they were committed to the Baghdad-Erbil agreement to send 320 billion dinars as salaries to the Kurdistan Region.
“Who is Ahmad Talal?” “His statements are just a declaration of bankruptcy …!” The website quotes Mr. Shamsuddin as saying that he and several Kurdish representatives and Arabs are supposed to go to Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi and ask him not to send the amount. Shamsuddin and several other Kurdish lawmakers say Kurdistan Region’s leaders, especially the Barzani family, are in corruption, selling oil for themselves without central government control, but demanding government the salary. They pay half of the salaries to the employees and the other half to pay off the debts of the oil companies.