Iraqi PM chastises Kurdish authorities over withholding pay

February 16, 2016 8:15 AM

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BAGHDAD – Iraq's prime minister has chastised local authorities in the self-ruled northern Kurdish region for allegedly not paying salaries to government employees in the region even though the north exports oil independently to the international market.

Haider al-Abadi told the state-run TV late on Monday that he'd pay the salaries himself if the Kurds hand over their oil to Baghdad.

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