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Iraq Delays Budget on Dispute Over Kurds’ Share, Lawmaker Says

Iraq’s parliament postponed a vote on the federal spending plan as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition requested a reduction in the share of Kurdish provinces amid a spat over crude sales, a lawmaker said.

The vote has been delayed “at least until next week,” Jaber al-Jabiri, a member of the parliament’s financial affairs committee, said by telephone from Baghdad today. The main reason is that Maliki’s State of Law bloc wants to decrease the semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s share of the state budget to 12 percent from 17 percent, he said.