June 1, 2021 | government

Kurdistan Region not developing at expense of Basra: governor


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Basra Governor Assad al-Eidani, during a meeting with Kurdistan Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Monday, denied accusations that the Kurdistan Region was developing to the detriment of Basra and other provinces.

“The governor of Basra highlighted the huge benefit they’ve received from the Kurdistan Region’s successful experience in the field of construction and in the provision of services,” a statement from PM Barzani’s office read. “He also refuted claims that the Kurdistan Region was developing at the expense of Basra.”

Politicians have made such claims in the past. Ayat Mudhafar, a spokesperson for the Iraqi parliament’s Nasr coalition, told Rudaw in February that Iraqi protestors “deemed it unfair they are struggling from a lack of basic services while the Kurdistan Region gets its share of the budget without handing over oil or non-oil revenues.”

Governor Eidani stressed Iraq’s need to remain a federal country and not shift to central rule, “in order for the region and provinces of Iraq to participate in a real power and decision-making process.”

PM Barzani expressed the Kurdistan Region’s readiness for cooperation with Basra and other Iraqi provinces, highlighting Iraq’s potential to become one of the region’s “most developed countries if there is good governance and management.”

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