Kur­dis­tan’s dif­fi­cul­ties are more chal­leng­ing than War

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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