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 Iraq's Kurdistan president approves 2012 budget, demonstrations announced

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Iraq's Kurdistan president approves 2012 budget, demonstrations announced  27.6.2012  

Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan Region approves 2012 budget, demonstrations announced against the budget.
Demonstrations announced in Sulaimaniyah city, no demonstration expected in Erbil.

June 27
, 2012

ERBIL-HewlÍr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', ó President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani has approved the region's 2012 budget, said chief of staff to the presidency of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Fuad Hussein said the approval letter will be sent to al-Waqae paper Wednesday to be published.

Kurdistanís parliament approved the budget bill amid protests by opposition forces on Sunday. The budget amounts to 15.2tr IQD ($13bn).

Demonstrations are announced to be held in Sulaimaniyah city on Thursday, organized by the budget defense group. The budget defense group is expected to hold a demonstration in front of Kurdistan's office in Sulaimaniyah.

In a statement by the Federation of Civil Society, copy of which was received by, calls on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG) government security forces to avoid using excessive force and weapons against its citizens, including during times of peaceful protest. Freedom of assembly is a basic human right and use of excessive force and weapons is a serious violation of those human rights.

Activist groups will assemble peacefully on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Sulaimaniyah City to protest the budget passed in the KRG on June 24, 2012. The budget was passed without transparency; without a clear and detailed plan; without incomes identified; but with apparent corruption.

There will be no protest in Erbil on Thursday under the name of the budget defense, said Erbilís governor. Nawzad Hadi said: "So far no parties or organizations have asked for permission for tomorrow's gathering in Erbil."

Director of Erbil police Abdul Khaleq Talat stated that his directorate has not received any instructions about tomorrow's gathering.

Meanwhile the mayor of Kalar denied receiving a request for a demonstration in the district on Thursday. The announcement came after the rumors of demonstrations being organized in the district.

Media reports stated that there will be a gathering in Kalar against the approval of the Kurdistan Regionís 2012 budget.

Jalal Nouri confirmed: "We havenít given permission officially for any demonstration. According to the law, the organizer of the demonstration should ask for permission."

Aknew apart of this report by Fryad Mohammed contributed to this report

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