2012 year of crisis, deputy warns
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet
Citizens pay the price for the government’s faults, says CHP deputy Oran.Turkish citizens became poorer during 2011 and 2012 is going to be a year of crisis, according to Umut Oran, a Republican People’s Party member of parliament and a former textile businessman.
Total household debt has reached 236 billion Turkish Liras and 2012 will be a hard one for workers, people on low-incomes and small and medium enterprises, Oran told daily Hürriyet, claiming the country’s debt stock, current account deficit and inflation would continue to cause problems.
“The Turkish Lira has lost 30 percent in value against U.S. dollar. This means 100 liras has become 70 liras [in real terms]. We have grown poorer. The government raised special consumption tax and value added tax,” he said. “With the price hikes in gas and electricity, the citizens paid the price of government’s fault.”
Inflation has hiked due to cost increases in basic inputs, Oran said.