PUK, Change Movement hold meeting on Wednesday

<p style="text-align: left;">The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Movement for Change (Gorran) held a meeting on Wednesday, July 1, in Sulaimani where the sides discussed the latest economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region and the ways to help leading the region out of the crisis and helping people to improve their daily lives.

Led by PUK co-President Lahour Sheikh Jangi, a PUK delegation met a number of Gorran senior officials, including the movement&rsquo;s Leader Omer Ali Seyyed Ali.

According to Melat news website Lahour Sheikh Jangi stated in a message on his Facebook page that the PUK delegation held a meeting with Gorran leader and the two sides traded their views on the latest situation in the Kurdistan Region, an autonomous region in the north of Iraq, and the bilateral ties between the two parties.

According to Talabani&rsquo;s message the meeting was held in Sulaimani, the stronghold of the two parties, and the two sides also discussed the living condition of the people in the region and negotiated about finding ways to improve the situation of the people.

The leading council of the PUK has asked the party to hold talks with the political parties in the region over the living condition of the people. Within the move, a PUK delegation held a meeting with the leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Community.

Unofficial sources have stated that the PUK co-President is planned to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leader Masoud Barzani.

A spokesman for the Kurdistan Islamic Community told Kurdpress that "the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) does not intend to implement radical reforms, including transparency in income sources and ending the illegal sources of income for parties and related companies, but it reduces employees' salaries. This is a great injustice. The salary cuts and, on the other hand, the failure to pay monthly salaries is a discrimination against the citizens of the region. "

A KRG delegation meeting, led by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and his deputy Qubad Talabani, was held on Saturday, June 21, through a video conference. The meeting decided to reduce the salaries paid to employees by 21%. The decision generated strong reactions from citizens and government employees. The opposition parties, including Jemaat-e Islami, the Islamic Alliance and the new generation, reacted strongly to the decision and refused it. The reaction of the Change Movement and the PUK, as partners in the government, was different in this regard. Diverse voices were heard by the two parties and their leaders in rejecting the KRG&rsquo;s decision.

The Kurdistan Regional Government decided in its recent meeting to reduce employees' salaries by 21-50% to compensate for the budget deficit. The decision, however, drew a lot of reactions.

Following the announcement, the PUK's political office supported the decision to reduce salaries after an urgent meeting to discuss the KRG's decision to reduce 21% of the salaries of workers and employees, saying it backs the decision.

Lahore Sheikh Jangi issued a message on his personal page on the social network Twitter about a week ago and opposed the government's decision to reduce employees&rsquo; salaries.

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