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Salafist group calls on Sudan’s government to avoid ending fuel subsidies

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June 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Islamist Salafist Ansar Al-Suna group has urged Sudanese authorities to reverse the plan to end fuel subsidies, warning that it will not resolve the country’s economic crisis.

Ansar Al-Suna’s leader Isma’il Osman Al-Mahi said during Friday prayer sermon at the mosque of the group’s headquarters in Al-Sajana area in Khartoum that the government should give up its plans to terminate fuel subsidies.

Al-Mahi cited experts’ opinion saying that ending fuel subsidies is not going to help averting economic collapse.

“If it [lifting fuel subsidies] does not represent a radical solution, why the rush to implement it”

The Sudanese government is planning to terminate fuel subsidies as part of what officials say are drastic austerity measures required to make up for a budget deficit of 2.4 billion USD which resulted from the country’s loss of 75 percent of oil revenues following the secession of South Sudan last year.

According to government officials, ending fuel subsidies will save the country 2 billion USD annually.

Ansar Al-Suna leader proposed a number of alternative measures to confront the economic crisis, including prioritization of agriculture and reducing state spending through eradication of corruption.

He also said that there needs to be a strategy for managing Sudan’s resources in an efficient way that ends ages of wasteful and irresponsible policy of managing resources.

Ansar Al-Suna leader further announced that their ministers in the federal and state governments are willing to relinquish their positions in order to support the government’s austerity efforts and the citizens in this current economic situation.

Sudan has been grappling with rising inflation and a depreciating currency since losing oil, the lifeblood of the economy. Inflation hit 30 percent in May, mainly on food prices, as the Sudanese pound’s exchange rate against the dollars shot up to more than 5 in recent weeks.

Some observers warn that the ending of fuel subsidies might spark popular protests.

(ST)

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  • 16 June 2012 12:12, by Corrector

    South Sudanese policemen and army members caught raping women in south sudan. http://af.reuters.com/article/sudanNews/idAFL5E8HF8O020120615

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    • 16 June 2012 12:45, by Michael Angelo

      The article wasn’t about South Sudan you fuck. It was about your collapse economy deep shit.

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      • 16 June 2012 12:55, by Corrector

        I just made it about the south, cunt.

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        • 16 June 2012 20:10, by truthhurts

          People, can we mind our language please, there’s no need to Angelo to use the term "fuck", and no need for you, corrector to use the term "cunt", if your in England I’m sure you know that it’s one of the most offensive words in the English language.

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      • 16 June 2012 13:24, by Logic

        M. Angelo

        Don’t worry about the racist supremacists on this site, they’re bitter bigots who complain from the comfort of their asylum in the UK etc.

        S.Sudan has problems, highlighting these problems is the only way for the bigots of N.Sudan to feel better about their sad situation. Just laugh at the retards.. lolololol!

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        • 16 June 2012 17:51, by Northern Sudanese

          Unlogic

          the guys you call retards face 30% inflation while you face 80% inflation

          the guys you call retards are trying to build up their economy in 3 years time while you are staying still with 98% of your gdp lost.

          who are the real retards? North Sudanese or you?

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    • 16 June 2012 18:23, by Marolditapei

      GOOD NEWS FOR THE NORTH!!!
      Since South is building a new pipeline through Kenya or Ethiopia and Djibouti in the future, North Sudan pipeline is still valuable. North Sudan Pipeline can be used for transporting cow dungs since fertilizers are lacking in northern region. Good news!Right?

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      • 16 June 2012 20:06, by sudani ana

        Marolshit
        You better stop talking about cow dung, or I’ll ask Darkangel to show that photo again, you know which one am talking about don’t you?

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    • 16 June 2012 21:32, by Born-to-Rule

      Corrector,
      Your comment has nothing to doing with article. Sudan Tribune should not allow such comment that have nothing to do with article. So were are all the rapes and child molesters in Khartoum now. With all due respect to Sudan Tribune, your website is being run by buffoons.

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  • 16 June 2012 14:34, by Civilrights

    Brothers and sisters

    The GOS and NCP are well planned to this conditions and they have good amount of money.
    Every thing is going normal related to their daily expenses.

    Please don’t support them by saying that the economy is down.
    Idirectly you are hurting the peoples of SUDAN and legalizing the justificans of GOS to remove the fuel subsidies.

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  • 16 June 2012 22:15, by sudani ana

    North Sudanese brothers, let’s have a debate about lifting of fuel subsidies; personally I think it’s justified in the current circumstances. Our government pays $100 pb of oil and sells it for $40 at a great loss. Think about who benefits, tens of thousands of NGO foreign staff, neighbouring countries who have petrol smuggled across our open borders to benefit other countries. Lifting Continue

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    • 16 June 2012 22:30, by sudani ana

      Contine.. Lifting of fuel subsidies as the government says is the bitter pill to achieve recovery and significantly reduce spending. What do you say guys?

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