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Sudan’s al-Bashir fires foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour

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April 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir relieved his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Thursday evening.

Ibrahim Ghandour attends African Union ministers meeting in Addis Ababa on 11 April 2016 (ST Photo)

In a very short wire, SUNA reported that al-Bashir issued a presidential decree removing Ghandour from his position. Also, the decision was announced in less than three hours after the return of the president from Saudi Arabia where he participated in the 29th Arab League summit.

Observers in Khartoum believe that the decision comes after Ghandour statements on Wednesday before the lawmakers where he said certain circles have delayed the salaries of Sudanese diplomats since seven months.

"The president (al-Bashir) talked with the Governor of the Bank of Sudan several times, in the same way, the First Vice President, and the Minister of the Presidency follows the matter on a daily basis, but it seems that there are those who feel that the salaries of diplomats, staff and mission rents are not a priority," he told the parliament on Wednesday.

The statements triggered a massive outpouring of reactions some supported him saying and praised him for his courage others said he had not to disclose such important information.

Ghandour reportedly had already filed his resignation to President al-Bashir several months ago to protest the appointment of the former oil minister Awad al-Jaz as presidential aide tasked with relations with countries that have important investments in Sudan like China and Turkey.

Ghandour handled very important files and negotiated the lift of U.S. economic sanctions with Sudan. Recently he built strong relations with Egyptian officials and successfully managed to reduce tensions between the two countries.

(ST)

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  • 20 April 2018 06:33, by Lenin Bull

    The division of Sudan into South Sudan and Sudan is not only a disadvantage to the Republic of South Sudan alone but to both Sudans! This is exactly what is happening in Juba too. Let the two countries normalize their relations, open borders for trade and free flow of oil, and soft border crossing and its positive will be realized quickly and all these lack of money for this and that will be gone.

    • 20 April 2018 08:24, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      And both countries should stop sponsoring rebels.

    • 20 April 2018 17:56, by Khent

      Lenin

      Independence was absolutely essential; we lost 2 million people to Arab slave raids in the 19th century, so I will NEVER bemoan our independence. Reactionary, repressive, violent and corrupt autocracy has entrenched itself and sullied our centuries of struggle against jihad, slavery and land-theft...

      • 20 April 2018 18:03, by Khent

        ..We don’t need closer relations with the North; we need to put an end to the blood-letting in our ’country’ and do our utmost to reconcile the population. The systemic corruption that bedevils our country needs to be tackled; it must be viewed as a National security threat — because it enables the occupation of Kafia Kingi, Abyei and other areas of our homeland...

        • 20 April 2018 18:10, by Khent

          ..The process to phase out Arabic should have started in 2005; the people who made the decision to apply for observer status in the Arab League are nothing short of filth and I wish death upon all of them for their treason. Only sadomasochists join a League of a people that enslaved and sold off 2 million of their people — a holocaust of sorts...

          • 20 April 2018 18:20, by Khent

            Dogs like Salva Kiir have created a situation in which our people have been left with no choice but to cross into the North and be subject to faux pity... the greatest humiliation we have ever endured. I swear it that there will come a time in which people advocating for closer ties and soft-borders will not dare open their mouths to support such indignities.



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