2018 budget passes despite Kurdish boycott

Iraq's new $88 billion budget reflects a widening political divide between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region.
Parliament Speaker Salim Jabouri (center) presides over a legislative session. (Source: Council of Representatives)

BAGHDAD/ERBIL - Iraq’s Parliament approved the 2018 budget on Saturday, despite an ongoing boycott by Kurdish lawmakers demanding a larger share of allocations.

The government intends to spend 104 trillion Iraqi dinars ($88 billion*) this year, including deficit spending of 12.5 trillion dinars ($10.6 billion).

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