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July 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has decided to suspend increases in the price of electricity “pending further consultations,” state media reported on Sunday, one week after their introduction stoked public discontent.

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Sudanese People were unpleasantly surprised last week when they discovered that the government had hiked the price of electricity by over 150 percent without prior announcement. Officials later acknowledged the increase but said it only applies to those who consume more than 600 kilowatts a month.

The move coincided with rising public discontent and concomitant protests since the government partially ended fuel subsidies in mid-June as part of wider austerity measures officials say are necessary to cover a budget deficit of 2.4 billion US dollars resulting from the loss of three quarters of the country’s oil wealth due to the secession of South Sudan.

Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, said that a government committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of the austerity measures held a meeting on Sunday chaired by First Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, and decided to suspend the increases in electricity prices in residential areas.

The meeting concluded that the new decision will come into effect as of 1 August and until further studies are conducted on whether the commodity should be subject to the austerity plan.

Taha told SUNA that the meeting had listened to a briefing from the minister of water resources and electricity on the reasons for the new increases. He went on to explain that the electricity-generating sector was greatly affected by the ending of fuel subsidies which led the ministry to hike the charges.

However, he added that, despite the decision to suspend them, the committee had reaffirmed the correctness of the austerity measures and the necessity of applying a gradual lifting of subsidies while protecting poor pockets of society in order to return to economic growth.

“The decision to end subsidies is technically correct but it needs comprehensive review and careful consideration of the economic situation of citizens” he stated.

This week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave a seal of approval to Sudan’s austerity measures, calling them “difficult but important” while urging the country to pay “particular attention” to vulnerable sectors of society.

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  • 30 July 2012 08:10, by Aaban

    Groups of gang listen through their eyes, making those who are living within suffere cannot be like murdering those who objected your evil plan, there will be no peace in that hell of gang until we get rid of you parasite who live on other people blood, you can drop all those crazy catastrophic attitude of controll everything in the country or we die with no achievement ,

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    • 30 July 2012 08:19, by Logic

      Hahahahaaa

      That’s right NCP, fear the people! But we know you fear the SPLM-N more, lol!

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      • 30 July 2012 13:03, by Northern Sudanese

        Logic

        NCP loves the people and we want to give them electricity to enjoy life, unlike you in south sudan where there is no electricity XD

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  • 30 July 2012 08:17, by Akol Liai Mager

    Magultu Hendi Ya-Bashir! The criminals wanted for genocide crimes are so desperate to pay any price in order to stay in power they need to avoiding being handed over to ICC for a little bit longer time they can. But the facts remained the same that there are two routes for Bashir and his guilty team which are either to Hague or to Al-Farouk Cemetery.

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