New Generation’s Abdulwahdi calls on opposition parties to unite and organize large-scale protests

New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid (File)

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SULAIMANI — New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid on Saturday (August 15) called for the Kurdistan Region’s major opposition parties and dissident groups to hold a general meeting with the goal of organizing large-scale protests to pressure the government to enact economic and political reforms.

“Let those honored people do what it is required, we will be with them and help them…because then nobody could complain and say they were not aware if an overall protest was organized tomorrow,” Abudlwahid said in a post on his official Facebook page.

“We are specifically calling on the Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic Group, and Kurdistan Islamic Movement to lead the demonstration and we will be with them every step of the way because we think the difficult situation the people are in requires joint and united effort from all sides and dissidents.”

New Generation helped to organize the protests that were held on Wednesday in cities and towns across the Kurdistan Region, which demanded that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) step down and hold early elections under the auspices of the United Nations.

Since then most protests have subsided, but have continued each night in Ranya with demonstrators calling on the KRG to pay public sector salaries, guarantee reliable public services, and increase job opportunities.

“It is time we put aside partisan interests and join our hands together in favor of the public interest and rescue our Region from the difficult situation our people live in,” Abdulwahid added.

(NRT Digital Media)