Iraq's Acting Finance Minister Abdul Razzak al-Essa announced on Monday (April 3) that there has been no decision made to withhold Kirkuk’s funding as a result of flying the Kurdistan flag over official premises in the city.
“Raising the Kurdistan flag in the city of Kirkuk is a political related decision which has nothing to do with withholding the city’s funding,” Essa told NRT during an interview at the Iraq Energy Forum.
Iraqi lawmakers voted in opposition of hoisting the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk on Saturday (April 1), during a session which was boycotted by Kurdish legislators.
The Kirkuk Provincial Council then refused to abide by an Iraqi Parliament decision that ruled against flying the Kurdistan flag alongside the Iraqi flag over local government buildings.
There were reports such a decision had led to the withholding of payments by the central government.
Kirkuk Provincial Council members voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (March 28) in favor of raising the Kurdistan flag alongside the Iraqi flag over official buildings during a meeting boycotted by Turkmen and Arabs.