ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region President on Sunday called upon the political parties to meet and resolve the current political and economic crisis in the Region and agree on forming a new cabinet.
Masoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region President, released a statement regarding the situation in the Region calling upon the political parties to restart negotiations to resolve the current crisis.
“To solve the current crisis, the political parties have to restart negotiations to activate the parliament and elect a new presidency,” Barzani said.
“It is not possible those who have been the source of the [political] crisis, remain in the presidency of the parliament,” the President added.
Kurdistan had faced a financial crisis since the beginning of 2014 when Baghdad blockaded the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) federal budget share, accusing the administration of seeking independent oil sales.
The war against the Islamic State (IS), low oil prices, and the influx of nearly 1.8 million Internally Displaced Persons (DIPs) and refugees exacerbated the financial crisis in the Kurdistan Region.
The financial problem resulted in a three-month delay of payment for civil servants in 2015, and so far two months in 2016.
President Barzani asked the political parties to agree on the formation of a new cabinet and decide on a candidate for the Kurdistan Region Presidency until the Presidential Election was held.
“With my full ability, I will help toward the success of this process,” President Barzani’s statement read.
He mentioned previous efforts had been made to bring all the political parties together and resolve the current internal crisis.
“I invited the political parties to meet, but they responded to those calls under a variety of excuses, and I also requested the parties to meet with each other to resolve these crises, but they did not meet,” Barzani said.
He expressed his respect and support to the demands of the employees and teachers as they call for their rights.
The President added due to the current security, economic, and political problems Kurdistan was experiencing, the abilities of the government were limited.
He also stated the political parties should sit together and discuss all the issues in a transparent way.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany