Lack of funding is pushing Iraq to cancel deals to buy aircraft, tanks and light weapons-sufficiency
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
Confirmed parliamentary committees, yesterday, security allocations cut by 2%, attributed it to the financial crisis experienced by Iraq. The Commission says that the government plans to cancel some arms deals to avoid a shortage of funding is expected in the next year.
Security Committee and confirm that the allocations for military purposes within the overall budget in 2016, "does not meet the requirements", and noted that it has received objections will be studies until the arrival of the draft budget to Parliament.
Government Committee and demanded the disclosure of the contracts, which plans to cancel, and called on both the defense and interior ministries to determine the needs Iraq of weapons.
MP says Masood Haider, a member of the Finance Committee, that "the government reduced capital expenditures in the draft federal budget law for next year included armament contracts and other in order to provide some of the funds to meet the projected deficit."
He said Haider told (range), that "Security and defense allocations in the 2016 budget was by reducing investment expenditure estimated at 25% of the total budget size but reduced to approximately 23%," noting that "the government suspended some arms contracts because of financial distress."
The member of the Finance Committee said, "These contracts include major deals such as buying planes, missiles, tanks and tankers, "the excuse that" the current Iraq war is a war of gangs does not require the purchase of these heavy weapons, but suffice medium and light weapons.
"The Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari made the remarks last Wednesday directed the government to suspend a major arms deals , pointing out that defense spending would take on about 20 percent of the budget in 2016 ".
The comment of the Commission on Security and Defense parliamentary member Nayef al-Shammari on the government's position by saying," There are complaints reached our committee of officials from the defense and interior ministries are talking about the existence of a significant shortfall in funds to buy arms. " .
He said Shammari (range) that "the security forces need to be sophisticated weapons Ktairat poll," stressing that "the allocation of 20% of the budget the size of a few does not meet the ambition of the security services."
and called on the Commission on Security and Defense on the government to "detect armament contracts to be canceled In next year's budget, "the defense and interior ministries claim to" clarify the weapons needed by Iraq in its war against Daash.
"so says Sarhan Ahmad, member of the Finance Committee that" the government will be delayed a few days to send the draft budget to the parliament law after reservations IMF bill. "He added Ahmed (range), saying," There is a meeting will include Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Governor of the Central Bank with representatives of the International Monetary Fund in the Jordanian capital, Amman, in order to explain some of the paragraphs Conservatives them ", noting that" after the end of this meeting, the government will send the budget bill to the parliament. "
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