Home | News    Friday 11 June 2021

Fuel price hike sparks new popular protests in Khartoum

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 10, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese protesters on Wednesday demonstrated in parts of the capital, Khartoum after the government lifted subsidies on fuel in the country.

JPEG - 41.6 kb
Protests in Sudan (FILE - REUTERS PICTURES)

On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Gibril Ibrahim instructed fuel stations to increase the price of a gallon of benzene from 675 Sudanese pounds to 1,305 pounds.

The price of a gallon of diesel was also increased from 563 pounds to 1,282 pounds.

The protesters blocked main and secondary streets in Khartoum, Khartoum North, and Omdurman with heavy stones, and set car tires on fire.

Eyewitnesses told the Sudan Tribune on Thursday that thousands of people staged mass protests in separate areas to denounce the complete liberation of fuel.

They pointed out that some of the demonstrators chanted slogans against the government and called to topple it down through peaceful means.

The finance minister in his statement said the fuel prices will be determined by the cost of importing and transporting gas and diesel, along with taxes and profit margins.

"The new fuel prices are in line with import costs," the ministry said in a statement.

This implies that under the new pricing system, fuel will increase from about 35 cents to nearly 70 cents per liter, while the price of diesel will more than double.

Ahmed al-Tayeb, a Sudanese economic analyst, criticized the government’s decision.

"It is obvious that the government does not have any other solutions to increase the revenues other than seizing the people’s pockets," Al-Tayeb told Xinhua Thursday.

"The decision to increase fuel prices will not help tackle the economic distortions as the government has claimed, but will create a deteriorating economic reality," he added.

The economy of Sudan has been starved of hard currency since South Sudan seceded in 2011, taking the majority share of oil resources, once a major export.

In December 2018, worsening economic conditions sparking popular protests across Sudan, leading to the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.


The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Remembering Par Chongriah Nong of Greater Fangak 2021-06-12 06:22:51 By Bol Khan On 9th June 2020 South Sudan's Jonglei State lost a great; fair Father, a true legend and traditional leader. A leader with an enthralled and untold legacy worth shared, globally. (...)

South Sudan should reduce checkpoints, regulate taxes 2021-06-06 05:04:03 by Bol Khan The number of checkpoints across South Sudan has had inestimably increased during the recent past—deferred civil war. This includes a number of both legal and illegal checkpoints (...)

Remembering Abraham Chol Marial and William Ater Lual 2021-06-04 19:17:05 Ngor Arol Garang On Wednesday morning, I woke up to two nerve wrecking news. It was the passing of Abraham Chol Marial, a colleague and a longtime friend and William Ater Lual, a friend of my (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.