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High gas prices continue to roil the Kurdistan Region, with New Generation calling for new solutions

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PM:03:04:24/10/2021

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Department of Media and Information said that 540,000 liters of gasoline will be distributed to stations across the Kurdistan Region on Sunday (October 24) in an effort to blunt the effects of supply problems and a price surge.

The department said in a statement that the amount will be doubled over the next two days.

The announcement came in response to calls by the New Generation Movement on Sunday, demanding that the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources allow businesspeople and other groups, including the Movement, to import gasoline without any taxes, customs duties, or extortion.

In official documents sent to the ministry and Sulaimani’s governor, the Movement called for official permission from the relevant authorities for companies to import gasoline sourced from Turkey, Iran, and federal Iraq.

It said the decision would allow for those groups to help ease the burden on the pocketbooks of the people of Kurdistan Region.

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).

On October 18, KRG Minister of Natural Resources Kamal Atushi argued that the gasoline and heating oil problem is a temporary issuebecause of disruptions at refineries in Bazian in Sulaimani governorate caused by technical issues.

(NRT Digital Media)