Ahead of planned protests, organizers call for KRG to step down, new elections


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SULAIMANI — Ahead of scheduled protests on Wednesday, organizers released a list of demands on Tuesday (August 11), calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to dissolve itself and for early elections to be held under the auspices of the United Nations within six months.

Saying that the government’s inability to pay public sector salaries was the final straw, the organizers argued that the authorities have promised at every opportunity to reform, but have failed to do so.

Organized in part by the New Generation Movement, the protests are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in cities across the Kurdistan Region.

In their Tuesday statement, the organizers issued a list of four demands, including the immediate dissolution of the government and early elections, the formation of a caretaker administration, the dissolution of the current electoral commission and its replacement of an independent one under the auspices of the United Nations, and the dissolution of the current judiciary and its replacement with independent judges free from partisan influence.

“We call on our dear citizens to no longer accept this situation in the Kurdistan Region, not to remain silent in the face of all the oppression and injustice that has been done to the people,” the organizers’ press statement said.

“The time is now to unite and take to the streets to demand our rights,” they added.

(NRT Digital Media)