Minister of Finance and Economy, Awat Sheikh Janab (left) and Minister of State for Negotiation Affairs with the Federal Government, Khalid Shwani (right) during a parliament session on June 28, 2021. Photos/Kurdistan Parliament
SULAIMANI – Two ministers boycotted meetings by the Council of Ministers in protest of being accused by Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmakers of involvement in descending the Kurdistan Region into a deep financial crisis.
The boycott by the Minister of Finance and Economy, Awat Sheikh Janab and Minister of State for Negotiation Affairs with the Federal Government, Khalid Shwani is in response to “the KDP bloc’s misleading statements” during a parliament session attended by the other cabinet ministers, media outlets affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said.
Sheikh Janab told Zhyan News Network that he has expressed concerns to the related sides against the KDP bloc’s “harsh” criticism. Sheikh Janab, however, denied boycotting the cabinet meetings and said his absence was due to illness of one of his relatives.
“A number of KDP lawmakers wanted to accuse the two ministers of being responsible for the KRG’s years-accumulated shortcomings,” PUK-run media said.
The ministers’ boycott led to postponed ordinary cabinet meeting, held every Wednesday. Shwani has not returned to his workplace at the headquarters of the KRG since June 28 after the parliament session.
On Wednesday, Spokesperson for the Change Movement (Gorran) Dler Abdulkhaliq accused the Kurdistan Parliament speaker, deputy speaker and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmakers of preemptive agreements for laying blame on Janab, who is from Gorran.
“The Kurdistan Region’s people known very well the salary cuts was decided by the Council of Ministers and prime minister and deputy prime minister are responsible for it,” Abdulkhaliq told his party’s affiliated media outlet KNN.