The government has been criticised for the latest package of economic measures by general secretary of the Revival Party (YDP) Turan Buyukyilmaz.
The government announced a new raft of economic measures which were intended to counter the damage to the TRNC economy caused by the chronic devaluation of the Turkish lira.
Coming in for particular criticism was the 5% allowance on the minimum wage, granted for the children of workers who are working in the TRNC with working and residence permit. Buyukyilmaz described this measure as unethical and inhuman and called on the government to remove it immediately. “We call on the government to remove article 23 from the economic package since it is meaningless, inhuman and unethical. Taking into consideration that 80% of the workers with working permit in the country are citizens of the Turkish Republic, we aware, in fact, against whom is this measure was taken”, Buyukyilmaz argued.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Gunes’ reported that the chairman of the opposition National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun, condemned the government for the package of economic measures announced, saying that it is insufficient. Ozgurgun said that they have experienced several crises in the past, including several crises owing to the Cyprus problem and argued that it is not the assembly that should handle this crisis but the government.
Speaking yesterday during the extraordinary meeting of the assembly, Ozgurgun said that they are in an emergency situation and called on the government to implement even “bitter recipe” measures in order to overcome the economic crisis.
Kibris Postasi, Gunes