Protesters block Sulaimani-Kirkuk Road over high gas prices

Protesters blocked the Sulaimani-Kirkuk Road in Bani Maqan on Oct 20, 2021. (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Angry at continued increases in the price of gasoline, protesters blocked the Sulaimani-Kirkuk Road in Bani Maqan on Wednesday (October 20).

Drivers are now paying more than 900 Iraqi dinars ($0.62) per liter for normal grade gasoline in the Kurdistan Region. At the beginning of the year, the price was around 500 Iraqi dinars ($0.34), rising to 750 Iraqi dinars ($0.51) just a few weeks ago.

The situation poses a major and regressive expense on drivers, in particular those who use vehicles to earn a living like taxi and minibus drivers.

On Monday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources Kamal Atushi said that the gasoline and heating oil problem is a temporary issue because of disruptions at refineries in Bazian in Sulaimani governorate caused by technical issues.

Deputy Head of the New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kawa Abdulqadir sent a letter to the Kurdistan Parliament on Tuesday, asking for the legislative leadership to schedule a session to discuss the rising price of gas.

(NRT Digital Media)

900 IQD/liter = $2.34/gallon

500 IQD/liter = $1.28/gallon