Unions and the opposition party UBP have called on the coalition government to resign in the face of mounting price hikes in the TRNC.
Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun, condemned the government for its actions and stated that when the UBP was in power, the Turkish Lira was devaluing, however, they had managed to put a cap on prices. He also said that more increases in prices are to be expected, especially the price of electricity and added that even tougher times await the Turkish Cypriots.
The chairman of the Communal Liberation Party (TKP) Mehmet Cakici said that “in the beginning the price hikes was like a storm, now it has become a hurricane”. Cakici said that the crisis faced by the country comes from the use of the Turkish Lira as the official currency and that both businessmen and the government should find ways to turn the situation around.
Chairman of KAMU-SEN Trade Union Metin Atan, said that until now the syndicates acted thoughtfully hoping that things will improve. “But now we believe that it is time for the government to go. We will do anything possible to see it go”, he stated and called on the government to resign.
The deputy chairman of the HUR-IS Trade Union Ali Teltekin stated that the government should decide if it is a profiteer and a bloodsucking organisation or if it stands by the people.
Chairman of the KTAMS Trade Union Guven Bengihan strongly criticised the price hikes saying that the situation had brought the people to the point of rebellion since the prices of goods had almost doubled in the last few months. He also blamed the government’s action for this development.
Issuing a written statement on behalf of the ‘Left Movement’ (SH) Abdullah Korkmazhan also criticised the price hikes and held the government responsible.
Meanwhile, the United Cyprus Party (BKP) stated that the people are becoming poorer by the day and blamed the economic policy followed by the ruling in Turkey Justice and Development Party (AKP) for the situation in North Cyprus.