According to Haidar, the amendments were adopted by the majority of votes with 176 lawmakers having participated in the parliament’s session.
“A total of 65 Kurdish lawmakers left the session, dedicated to the vote on the new budget, showing their protest against several provisions, the main of them is reduction of Kurdistan’s share [in Iraqi's budget] from 17 percent to 12.6 percent,” Haidar said on late Saturday.
On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held an independence referendum, with around 93 percent of the voters supporting secession from Iraq. Baghdad called the referendum illegal and refused to recognize its results. In response, Iraq imposed sanctions on the Kurdish regional government and launched a military operation in the territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Baghdad and Erbil have launched reconciliation negotiations, trying to avoid further escalation of tensed relations.