Q&A: Finance Minister Ali Allawi

Allawi discusses ending Kurdistan budget transfers, new expenditures under a stop-gap spending law, power payments to Iran, and implementing a Chinese financing deal.
Finance Minister Ali Allawi at his office in Baghdad on June 9, 2022. (LIZZIE PORTER/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - A Federal Supreme Court (FSC) ruling that invalidated the Kurdistan Regional Government’s energy sector prevents the central government from allocating a share of the federal budget to the semi-autonomous northern region, Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi told Iraq Oil Report.

In an interview in Baghdad on June 9, Allawi discussed the ramifications of the court’s landmark February ruling that struck down key components of the Kurdistan region’s oil and gas sector.

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