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Sudanese officials must obtain Bashir’s approval before travelling abroad

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February 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese ministers are not allowed to travel abroad on official business without obtaining prior approval from president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

The minister of state for finance Abdel-Rahman Dirar told the pro-government al-Rayaam newspaper that this measure was taken to preserve the country’s reserves of hard currency and reduce government expenditures.

Bashir will examine the necessity of the minister’s travel and make a determination accordingly, Dirar said.

"No constitutional [official] will travel without permission from the president of the republic and the president surely wont grant approval unless participation [in the event or conference] is essential" he said.

The official said evaluation of any travel would look at the possible economic and/or political trip from embarking on the trip.

Since South Sudan became an independent country last July, Sudan’s economic woes intensified as the country’s breakup made it lose access to 75% of oil reserves that existed prior to the secession.

Along with billions of dollars in revenues, oil exports provided a steady source of hard currency for the country.

Sudanese authorities have undertaken steps to contain the foreign currency shortage including limiting its sales and banning a wide range of imports.

Despite that, the Sudanese pound deteriorated to new lows this week against the U.S. dollar on the black market.

(ST)

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  • 10 February 2012 09:49, by backtoschool

    Basher thing of overthrow his government that is why he detain any minster to aboard.

  • 10 February 2012 09:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    You Arab Stop crying in the name Dollars,since you people you dislike the westerner world very much special America,why don,t you ever hate their currency the Dolars,so your economic will improve very quick.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

    • 10 February 2012 11:47, by Paul Ongee

      Jalaby/Jalaba,

      We’re not yet bailed out economically like Sudan by Qatar. It’s too early to be bailed out while Sudan is fighting a war on three fronts now and intends to engage in another more than two fronts. It’s just daydreaming.

      The question is for how long will Sudan continue getting bailed out by Qatar or any other Middle East country regardless of travel ban imposed on ministers by Omer?

  • 10 February 2012 12:14, by Martin Kat

    President Bashir has right, in every govt system all over the world no any minister should be allows to travel abroad without approval from president.



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