2010 budget stuck on KRG oil exports

Section in $71 billion budget legislation threatens Iraqi Kurdistan's share of revenue if oil exports remain shut in.

A section of the draft 2010 budget would cut Iraqi Kurdistan's share if oil exports are shut-in, heightening tension between Iraq's Kurdish and Arab leadership, and adding another complication to a long-delayed budget that remains stuck in Parliament.

Oil sales are 95 percent of state income and brought in more than $41 billion in 2009. The $71 billion budget has been stuck for months but this recent revelation plays at the heart of one of Iraq's longest political feuds.

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