Elderly pensioner dies outside bank in Sulaimani


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SULAIMANI — Saman Nadir, the director of Sulaimani Emergency Center, informed NRT a retiree died suddenly at Bakhtyari Bank on Monday (May 23) morning, where he had gone to collect his pension.

Nadir said the pensioner, Ali Majid, was born in 1947 and his body has been transferred to forensics.

The system of pension distribution in Sulaimani has come under frequent criticism with retirees left waiting for days to collect their wages. Two elderly pensioners died in March while waiting outside the bank amid the crowd to collect their pensions, and a third died the same month in Soran.

The Co-President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Bafel Talabani, addressed the issue in March and said the situation was not acceptable.

The head of the Sulaimani Provincial Council promised to improve the distribution of pensions in March and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) suspended the general-director of Kurdistan Central Bank over the issue in January.

(NRT Digital Media)