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We will punish corruption and support loyal people: Qubad Talabani

KRG Deputy PM Qubad Talabani meets with heads of Sulaimani governorate’s administrative units on July 16, 2021 (Photo:Sulaimani Center District)
PM:03:11:16/07/2021

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani warned on Friday (July 16) that those who are involved in corruption or have used their positions for private gain will be severely punished.

During a meeting with heads of Sulaimani governorate’s administrative units, Talabani said that the main duty of government is to serve the public, according to a statement released by Sulaimani Center District.

Talabani also appeared to reference ongoing tensions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which has its powerbase in the governorate, by saying that a series of changes was underway.

He said that people who do a good job and serve the public will be supported, but that those who work in their own self-interest will be punished.

"The security forces are not allowed in any way to interfere in market affairs, politics, and people’s livelihoods,” Talabani added.

Talabani and his elder brother, PUK Co-President Bafel Talabani, are currently locked in a fierce contest for the future of the party with the party other co-president, Lahur Sheikh Jangi.

Since July 8, the Talabanis have announced administrative changes designed to limit Sheikh Jangi’s influence within the security forces, the media, local government, business, and the party, accusing him of benefitting from smuggling and extortion and of spying on other party factions.

Corruption is an endemic problem within the Kurdistan Region, with members of the ruling parties at all levels accused of involvement in self-dealing and using their connections to benefit themselves and their families.

(NRT Digital Media)