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NCP Okays lifting of fuel subsidies as MPs demand sacking of Sudan’s finance minister


June 1, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The leadership office of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) approved on Thursday a proposal recommending the removal of fuel subsidies to avert collapse of the country’s economy amid a great deal of internal opposition.

FILE - Sudanese Finance Minister Ali Mahmud al-Rasul (GETTY)

NCP’s chairman and Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir chaired the leadership office’s meeting that was devoted to discuss the proposed measure.

Senior NCP officials speaking to Sudan Tribune on the condition of anonymity said that the proposal to lift fuel subsidies had faced strong resistance from members of the party’s parliamentary bloc headed by the presidential adviser Ghazi Salah Al-Din Al-Atabani.

The NCP’s parliamentary bloc already approved the plan to lift fuel subsidies two days ago but demanded parallel measures to mitigate its effects. The point of their concern is that the decision might spark street protests that would be hard to contain.

The sources also revealed that NCP’s MPs had submitted a memorandum to President Al-Bashir demanding that the government meets a set of conditions in exchange for their approval to lift fuel subsidies.

Among these conditions, the sources said, is that the government must give MPs a written pledge to reduce the number of ministers to 25, cut perquisites of constitutional post-holders, and most importantly, sack the minister of finance Ali Mahmoud on account of his responsibility for a number of wrong economic policies.

The MPs stressed that these conditions must be met if the government wants them to approve the proposed measure when it is tabled before the parliament next week.

Meanwhile, other sources told Sudan Tribune that the head of the NCP’s economy sector, Sabir Mohammed Al-Hassan, also presented President Al-Bashir with a memorandum detailing a three-phase plan to remedy the current situation in the economy.

The first phase in Sabir’s plan is to reduce the size of the cabinet, the second is to force the ministries of electricity, defense and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to have their accounts audited by the Ministry of Finance as opposed to the “evasion” of financial accountability practiced by these bodies.

The third phase in Sabir’s plan is to lift fuel subsidies. His memo pointed out that the execution of the first and second phase of the plan would make the Sudanese public understands why the government was cutting fuel subsidies.

In a related context, the NCP’s vice-chairman Nafie Ali Nafie said on Thursday that his party had received support from parties participating in the government for the decision to lift fuel subsidies.

Nafie told reporters in Khartoum that all groups involved in the government had reached a consensus on the importance of adopting measures that would stabilise the economy, curb inflation and reduce spending as a step towards recovering the economy.

Sudan’s economy has been ailing since the country lost 75 percent of its oil revenues when South Sudan seceded in July last year. As a result, the local currency has been depreciating, inflation has been rising and food prices jumped to unprecedented levels.

Sudanese officials have been talking about a three-phase austerity plan to stabilise the economy in the short run but there appears to be no concrete plans for the long run in terms of diversifying the economy and breaking its dependency on oil.


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  • 1 June 2012 10:24, by Michael Angelo

    Fake arabs,

    This is the end of NCP regime. Jalaby Hahaahahaha your economy is fuck tough. It’s too early to feel shit.

    • 1 June 2012 10:41, by Ayom Dor

      Feel the pinch of hunger to your own children too after years of marginalising Africans, who died of hunger!! Your economy will continue to suffer unless there is peace in the whole Sudan! And peaceful Sudan would exclude all ICC Indictees! May this govt collaspe very soon! God knows..

      • 1 June 2012 16:08, by Force 1

        Any effort by Sudan to spend money to tab oil in Panthou (Heglic) will just be waste of their limited resources because any activity in Panthou regarding oil is illegal!

        Violation of that will result in an imaginable destruction from the rightful owners of Panthou!

        Sudan should never think of oil in Panthou to avert their economic problem.

    • 1 June 2012 11:07, by Lang

      ahahaha, this is a good step. The fall of NCP is coming soon.

  • 1 June 2012 10:27, by Akol Liai Mager

    NIF’ MPs just be courageous enough to demand the sacking of Al-Bashir the root-cause of all troubles in Sudan and the whole region being economics, constitution, genocides, racism, tribalism, ethnic cleansings, wars, mass stealing of the country wealths inlcuding the neighbours resources, rapes and denial of lives to young and old Muslim women.

  • 1 June 2012 10:51, by Go to Hell

    Sacking him and put him on fire squad to close the gap of hunger. may God bless arab with fire as they like bomb blast

  • 1 June 2012 11:03, by SEE ME

    "The first phase in Sabir’s plan is to reduce the size of the cabinet, the second is to force the ministries of electricity, defense and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to have their accounts audited by the ministry of finance as opposed to the “evasion” of financial accountability practiced by these bodies."

    I do agree...I do agree...

    • 1 June 2012 11:05, by SEE ME

      "The third phase in Sabir’s plan is to lift fuel subsidies."


      • 1 June 2012 11:11, by Lang

        You should go out in the street and demand them not to lift subsidies. This is your best and only choice. lool

        • 1 June 2012 11:34, by mohammed ali

          Lang, there were demonstrations every where from wall street to Sindagma square in Greece, so what? The collapse of the economy is not going to happen.There are polices to avert that and pple can discuss this freely! What about thieves who have stolen billions...BILLIONS for god sake BILLIONS and nobody was ever held accountable.How dare you preach pple to go on the streets?Shame on you!!

          • 1 June 2012 13:39, by Lang

            Theives? Oh you mean your dear Homar Bashit who stole $9 Billion?

            Wikileaks: Sudan President stashed billions in secret bank accounts, says ICC prosecutor


            • 1 June 2012 13:51, by Lang

              Thieves? Oh you mean your dear government that stole over 6 million barrels of another countries oil... Which was much more than the payments they believed they were even entitled to.
              Has any stolen money ever been recovered in the history of North Sudan?
              South Sudan is almost 10 months old $60+ million have been recovered and more in the future.
              Which other country in the region have done this?

            • 1 June 2012 15:58, by Joseph Canada

              what? 9Billion US Dollars?? hahaha this is the Greatest squander of all the greediest Presidents or any one in the Worl!!!!.
              hahahaha.. Let here the Northern Sudanese say Yeah!!!!!!

              say hoho!!! say Beshir is the man!!!!.

              MR. SEE ME, HOW MUCH DID YOU TAKE?

              • 1 June 2012 16:07, by SEE ME

                Joseph Canada

                AFTER graduation I worked in SUDAN just for one year and then left.

                I built myself by myself

                Even all my degrees and professional training certificates are not from SUDAN.

                But I love SUDAN

              • 1 June 2012 17:30, by Northern Sudanese

                Joseph Canada

                This was denied by british banks -.- ........ it was fake XD

      • 1 June 2012 11:23, by Jeti

        Rest in peace, H.E Khalil Ibrahim,

        You’ll live forever in the hearts of the die-hard Darfurians who are still following your foot steps.
        There are so many foolish Darfurians still living in Khartoum! Please don’t sack finance minister, topple Bashir first, and you’ll your economy.

        • 1 June 2012 11:39, by SEE ME


          I have all the respect for Khalil Ibrahim "ALLAHO YARHAMO".

          We were NIF members.

          Now Iam not NCP and not PNP.

          You better look to unite Darfurians first

    • 1 June 2012 13:47, by SEE ME

      "The first phase in Sabir’s plan is to reduce the size of the cabinet, the second is to force the ministries of electricity, defense and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to have their accounts audited by the ministry of finance as opposed to the “evasion” of financial accountability practiced by these bodies."

      This is very wise decision which will please all open minded.

  • 1 June 2012 11:11, by Eastern

    We are not seeing Juba doing the same for the ailing economy in South Sudan. Cu down the number of ministers, auction the numerous landcruiser V8s, such the many advisers, disband the many redundant commissions, etc

    • 1 June 2012 11:12, by Lang

      Protest in the streets.

  • 1 June 2012 11:24, by eye-of-an-eye

    Dear Sudanese, you can go to street and protest for regime change, they have stolen Sudan money and escape to foreign countries, now they want to collect more, I met 7 NCP goverment officers that I shouldn’t name from Jailin tribe, in Saudi, Iran, Nigeria,Ghana and Niger with huge amount of cash, they ran away, Sudanese should immediately remove this evil goverment of Bashir

  • 1 June 2012 11:32, by eye-of-an-eye

    Bashir goverment will totally collapse to nothing if no change, Arabs nation are ready to help new Sudan with new goverment, Bashir goverment has dirtify the names of Arabs worldwide, sudanese need peace love and unity within the country, we need to secure economy from downfall at this critical situation. go to street to protest for better tomorrow for Sudan.

  • 1 June 2012 12:30, by homeboy

    Hopefully this is Last Straw that broke the camel back.
    Leeches that have been living of our blood while they enjoyed all benefit and perks on our account and gave us back blood sweat and tears their regular trade mark.NCP stands for Nepotism,corruption poverty coupled with racism and ignorance makes a faul tasting poisons dangerous combination .

  • 1 June 2012 13:52, by SEE ME

    The first and second phases are the basis of reinforcement of EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS in SUDAN.

    Fuel subsidies must not be removed due to the huge impact of FUEL on the lives of human beings and even animals and trees.

  • 1 June 2012 14:00, by SEE ME

    I politely and professionally requet the NCP and GOS to stop lifting of fuel subsidies in SUDAN.

    The enemies of SUDAN are waiting for such step.

    This my free advice to you based on PROBLEM ANALYSIS SYSTEM.

  • 1 June 2012 14:51, by SEE ME

    Cut in Nigerian fuel subsidy provokes general strike

    Nigeria’s two main trade-union federations, the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade-Union Congress, have called off the 8-day general strike against President Goodluck Jonathan, which mobilized 10 million workers and paralyzed the country.

  • 1 June 2012 15:07, by SEE ME

    We must think and rethink with reference to the lot of the concerns about inflation. A lot of our transportation and significant part of production is driven by diesel, which has been deregulated. Kerosene has also been deregulated. Gasoline has also been deregulated.

  • 1 June 2012 15:29, by SEE ME

    The Iranian targeted subsidy plan also known as the subsidy reform plan was passed by the Iranian Parliament on January 5, 2010. The government has described the subsidy plan as the "biggest surgery" to the nation’s economy in half a century and "one of the most important undertakings in Iran’s recent economic history".

    • 1 June 2012 15:33, by SEE ME

      Iran was the largest provider of fuel subsidies in the world by 2009. Many Iranian experts agree that these unsustainable subsidies encourage waste among goods, including in the production sector, ranging from gasoline to bread that must be stopped and the only way to do that is to redirect subsidies.

  • 1 June 2012 16:00, by SEE ME

    Fuel subsidies are common in oil-rich countries; like Venezuela, with her vast oil reserves, other countries with subsidised fuel include- Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Burma, Malaysia, Kuwait, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Brunei and Nigeria.

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