Iraq passes 2016 budget

Despite criticizing the budget for its unrealistic projections, MPs overcame last-minute disputes and approved nearly $90 billion in spending and a deficit of $20 billion.
Members of Parliament gather to vote on Iraq's new government in Baghdad on Sept. 8, 2014. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

Iraq's Parliament ratified the 2016 budget Tuesday, outlining a level of state spending that many legislators characterized as unrealistic given the country's financial crisis.

"The figures in the budget are not real and do not match the reality on the ground," said Nora al-Bejari, an MP with the Mutahidoon bloc.

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