Kurdistan’s difficulties are more challenging than War
The Kurdistan Region is passing through one of its most difficult times, flooded with crises and conflicts. The financial difficulties, eruption of protests and work strikes by some parts of civil servants have made the situation even harder. The government has made the decision regarding reforms and payment revision. The decision has caused some outrage, especially from those who were the top beneficiaries of high salaries. During every time of financial hardship and crises, the middle class and the poor will pay the most and carry the burden of the problems.
The Kurdistan Region’s President announced a number of decisions and recommendations aiming to carry out reforms in the KRG’s administration and finance. The announcement revealed that those who’ve financially benefitted, taking advantage of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s position, should now help the government to overpass the current crisis.
The Region is passing through a very difficult time. The events and concerns are temporary, but the government could seriously learn from the crisis, so that it can carry out reforms in important areas like: eliminating corruption, the number of the unreasonable salary recipients, the matter of over expenditure and abusing power for self-interest, reclaiming public property for the government and investigating the unsuccessful projects, the issue of organizing the region’s taxes and incomes, along with the rights and duties of civil servants in carrying out their work. Add this to reducing the gap between the high and low salaries, taking advantage of specialists and scientific capabilities in production, and helping the region become more self-sustainable through agriculture.
Some political parties are not content with the Kurdistan Region President’s decision and KRG’s steps. They want to show that the KDP is responsible, or they’re using the crises as a pretext for political strike and further deterioration of the situation by provoking public outrage. Meanwhile the media outlets aren’t playing a professional role in conveying information and helping the KRG’s authority for solving the problem, but rather, as a hidden force, they’re more interested in provoking people’s outrage and showing the government to be weak and showing skepticism for the future. No one can deny the crises, corruption, weakness and even doubt on solving the problems, but without losing hope, solutions can be found for every problem in its time and place, no matter how hard these problems may be.
The important thing is that the government should not allow “the politician businessmen” to use the delay of salaries and financial crises for political purposes and thereby make the situation even worse. “The businessmen of crises” also should not exploit those problems for the further deterioration of the financial and political situation and life of people in Kurdistan. I mean the external enemies and the disputed parties inside Kurdistan. It’s true that the KRG is the one responsible for settling and overpassing the tough crises, but during a hard time such as now, people also have an effective role, and their reactions will lead to the path of future solutions. So we should ask, when a police officer in the Kurdistan Region wearing the official uniform gives speech against his own government, in what a difficult era could steps of solution appear harder than war. What I see is that, while there are many solutions, this time is unlike any other.