INA - Baghdad
Prime Minister spokesman Ahmed Mulla Talal confirmed on Monday, that 2020 budget has secured the salaries of employees, retirees and social care, while noting that 2021 budget is in the process of preparation.
“PM Al-Kadhimi described the current year’s budget as simple and exceptional, as it came in order to regulate the government spending process for the next three months, as well as to organize the internal and external borrowing process,” Prime Minister’s spokesman said during a press conference attended by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
He pointed out, "There is a large deficit in 2020 budget, but the government plans to avoid this deficit, in addition to securing the salaries of employees, retirees and social care,"
"The current year budget solved the problem of those covered by the health progression law in 2020 budget, who numbered 35 thousand," he said, noting that "The 2021 budget will be different and will address many issues of concern to citizens, and that 2021 budget is in the process of preparation, and there will be a new section in the revenues of next year's budget,”
On the other hand, Mullah Talal revealed, "that some leads have been reached to identify people in the case of the assassination of the political analyst Hisham Al-Hashemi, and that a fact-finding committee will soon be formed to find out the killers of the demonstrators, and important names will be removed and referred to the judiciary due to corruption," stressing that "the current government will not It neglects any of the rights of citizens, and is committed to preparations for early elections,"
He affirmed Iraq's pursuit for diplomatic steps towards de-escalation in the region.
Regarding the railway connection, Mulla Talal said, "The talk about the railway is still early, and that it is only ideas, and that Kuwait is a neighboring country, and Baghdad is ready for a long dialogue with it to resolve all outstanding issues,"