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Sudan to undertake new austerity measures to finance military efforts

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April 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government announced on Wednesday the introduction of new measures aimed at increasing revenues and reducing spending in order to put aside more funds to support the army amid growing military escalation with South Sudan.

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Sudan finance and national economy minister Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool (Reuters)

The finance and national economy minister Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool instructed directors of government-owned corporations to allocate specific cash amounts for the “repelling aggression” fund.

Abdel-Rasool also ordered the curtailment of employees’ perks except for contractors and blocking any donation efforts except those made for the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). Furthermore, he cut gasoline supplies to these companies by 50%.

The official revealed that all ministers agreed to give away a month’s salary for the war effort, while ordinary civil servants will donate two days worth.

A state finance minister Magdi Hassan Yassin called on banks to add a nominal fee on ATM transactions that would be used to finance military efforts as well.

South Sudan’s army, the SPLA, seized the Heglig oil field in South Kordofan two weeks ago but finding itself internationally isolated over the move Juba ordered a withdrawal from Heglig last week.

But Khartoum insists that its army was the one that expelled SPLA forces from the region which reportedly saw its oil facilities severely damaged which a parliamentary official in Khartoum estimated to damage to be worth $3 billion.

The Heglig oil field is vital to Sudan’s economy because it accounted for half the 115,000 barrels per day (bpd) output that remained in its control when South Sudan seceded in July 2011.

The field’s output has stopped as a result of the fighting. It is not clear when production could resume though many analysts say it could be several months away.

The landlocked South had already closed its 350,000 bpd output after failing to agree with Khartoum on how much it should pay to export via Sudan’s pipelines, its Red Sea port and other facilities.

The Sudanese government was already in the process of amending its budget to reflect the shortfall in revenue projections which built into it a $36 per barrel oil transit fee which Juba swiftly rejected. Sudanese officials are also likely to add the halt in Heglig oil production.

According to the latest release of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) Sudan’s economy will contract by -7.3% before improving in 2013 to -1.5% and to 1.7% in 2017.

The loss of oil-rich South Sudan last year meant that Sudan no longer has access to billions of dollars worth of crude reserves. Oil was the main source of foreign currency and revenues for Sudan prior to the country’s partition.

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  • 26 April 2012 02:03, by George Bol

    North Sudan must know that they have step on Salva Kiir Mayardit tail. The South has fully understand your selfishness more than years back. SPLA is capable to attack Khartoum and captured the entire North cities.Just go and repair the Heglig oil facilities that you claimed. Panthou is our area and we South Sudan are capable to recaptured it again and stay there permanently. Thanks

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    • 26 April 2012 04:06, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      It has been a long time without comment on this site but I hope everything’s is going alright, the war in Panthou should not be treats as something that nobody knew it, I don’t blame the international community for condemning south Sudan but I am blaming they groups of politicians who want to the court about the case of Abyei and Panthou at they first place,
      Why do I blame them? When the court

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      • 26 April 2012 04:08, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

        rule that Panthou is outside Abyei boundaries, no one from those politicians ask the simple question like this,
        ‘So now Panthou is outside of Abyei, where is it belonging? is it belong to unity state or south kordufand,? Nobody ask that question either the head of that team which was Dr Riek Machar or anyone of the team do so,
        Why? Are they lack of legal understanding or are they lack of

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        • 26 April 2012 04:10, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

          intelligence? As a member of the south Sudan national servant, I would hold those who did not question the rule court accountable for the pressure that we received from international community
          Failure of diplomatic in the international level to explained our right; it is a failure of south Sudan president, Why? all the hands pick diplomat are useless even non educated people can understand their

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          • 26 April 2012 04:16, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

            failure, God will open president Kiir eyes to see how wrong he lead they people power in this country,
            Mariel Benjamin should not be put in a useless position of information whereas He used to be foreign diplomat under John Garang leadership, so what is wrong with him to be a foreign minister in the south? Who doesn’t know that in South Sudan? Gen Nhial Deng Nhial is a good leader but not as for

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            • 26 April 2012 04:19, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

              foreign Minster, the south Sudan Un ambassador is not the right person to get that job, should have been put somewhere in the government, Elijah Malok Alang should have been a good person to be UN ambassador ,
              Please RSS change your Gov. otherwise you will never going to succussed in your country,
              God bless THEY PEOPLE POWER.

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              • 26 April 2012 05:28, by Loko El Pollo

                THE EXCLUSSION OF BOR INTERLECTUALS IN THE ROSS GOVERNMENT IS THE DUE WEAKNESS OF THE SPLM.THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BALANCING THE POSITIONS SO EVERY REGIONS WILL HAVE THE PART OF THE CAKE.MOST OF THSESE BIGWIGS ARE NOT PERFORMING WELL LIKE OUR BOR BROTHERS WHO WILL NOT JUST SIT AND LET THINGS ROLL ON THEIR OWN.THE MORE BORS IN HIGHER GOVERNMENT DOMAINS THE BETTER THE POLITICS AND DELIVERY OF

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                • 26 April 2012 05:35, by Loko El Pollo

                  SERVICES.WHAT IS WRONG WITH ASSIGNING PEOPLE WHO WILL REPRESENT OUR BEST INTEREST EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM ONE FAMILY.MALOK AND DR LUAL ACHUEK WOULD BE DOING GOOD JOBS IF THEY WERE NOT EXCLUDED JUST BECAUSE THEY HAPPENED TO BE FROM BOR.YOU SOUTHERNERS WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MINDS FOR WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU.NUER ARE GOOD PEOPLE BUT THEY WILL CHOOSE THE WINNING BETWEEN SPLA AND SSLA.BELIEVE ME THIS

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                  • 26 April 2012 05:40, by Loko El Pollo

                    SENARIO IS LIKELY TO BE MANIFESTED.MEANWHILE DINKA IS DIVIDED TOO BY THE STOLEN RESOURCES.LET ARAB WIN AND THERE WILL BE ANOTHER REJECTED DO GOODER LIKE JOHN GARANG TO UNITE THE DINKA AS AN ENTITY WITH DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS.

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                    • 26 April 2012 05:58, by Loko El Pollo

                      SORRY GUYS IF I SOUNDED A LITTLE EMOTIONAL.IAM AN OLD MAN WHO DONN’T WANT OUR FREEDOM TO SLIP AWAY BECAUSE OF POOR LEADERSHIP.WE BETTER FIGHT THIS WAR TO THE LAST BREATH FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.THE ARABS WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET THIS LAND BACK IN BONDAGE.BY BRIG EL POLO.

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                      • 26 April 2012 06:37, by LL Reuben

                        Brother Loko el Polo,

                        This’s exactly what I see from this government in Juba, but let’s keep our emotions intact. I completely understand were you came from. Before we let loose our emotions, let’s calm our nerves and witness the dice rolling strategies of this leadership... and those swingers you mentioned; It’s up to them this time to prove their patriotism.

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              • 26 April 2012 08:40, by Daniel Buolmawei

                I absolutely agreed with you 100%. The mistakes you mentioned were what made us lost diplomatically. If Pagan Amum led the team to the International Arbitration Court, the international community would not have this misconception over Panthou (Helglig). I favor Baranaba Marial Benjamin as our Foreign Affairs Minister. I like the man of his quick responses, his eloquent focus on details and facts,-

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                • 26 April 2012 08:54, by Daniel Buolmawei

                  And his powerful ability of immediately dismissing lies and political manipulations, misinterpretations and misleading statements. I want Marial Benjamin to be appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. You also right about Anges, the so-called South Sudan Ambassador to the UN. I shorted down my TV when I saw her talking. It is not because I hate her but the points she produced were very weak -----

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                  • 26 April 2012 09:00, by Daniel Buolmawei

                    Giving victory to a very weak Sudanese Ambassador. This UN Sudanese Ambassador is so weak that he couldn’t talk should he go head to head with Marial Benjamin. I don’t know what I can tell you but you made a lot senses Mr. They People Power.

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                    • 26 April 2012 09:30, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

                      Daniel
                      You don’t have to give me anything apart from your well thought intelligence thank for your understanding, talking about south Sudan hand pick ministers, it seem to me that president Salva Kiir was and is just protecting his power rather than protecting his country, God know the mistake made by Kiir and his allies who support his hands picking diplomat, believed it or not Daniel south

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                      • 26 April 2012 09:32, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

                        Sudan is very weak under Salva Kiir than ever before intelligent people and citizen who love their country will agree with THEY PEOPLE’S POWER
                        You will see more crisis about this failure and I greed with those who admit their wrong like Dr Riek machar who acknowledge the failure of their Gov. with Salva Kiir, God will bring another leader like Dr John Garang,
                        Let me make myself clear brothers

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                        • 26 April 2012 09:34, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

                          and sisters on this side I am a man of truth I am not a tribal person but believed in PEOPLE’S POWER
                          GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE’S POWER.

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    • 26 April 2012 10:34, by Makuei

      Bashir is a pig - see him here:)
      http://vimeo.com/user1743461/httpvi...

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    • 26 April 2012 10:36, by Makuei

      Bashir is a pig - see him here:)
      http://vimeo.com/user1743461/httpvi...

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  • 26 April 2012 02:24, by Lang

    oh god, hahaha these idiots. Why not just stop fighting the rebels and the south if you cannot afford it? They never think to simply sit and negotiate.

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    • 26 April 2012 02:28, by Lang

      Somebody needs to give NCP the knock out punch. South has done enough to weaken them economically but U.S or any other force need to step in and knock NCP out for good.

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  • 26 April 2012 02:33, by Observer

    Yet again we the ordinary Sudanese are being asked by the politicians and army to suffer more financially- just so they can feed their thirst for war and blood..How much more do you expect us to take? We didn’t ask you to enter this war.
    Why not donate your salary and have the banks donate an ATM fee to provide the things we Sudanese really want-education and health NOT war.

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  • 26 April 2012 03:07, by BM Bol

    This is an indirect admission that SAF is getting weaker and they need to so raise their morale. The only different between marginalized and Khartoum is that, the marginalized are fighting for their rights and they are committed unlike SAF.

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  • 26 April 2012 03:40, by James Maker Akok

    You North Sudan you don’t know what you doing Eastern Africa countries are ready to clean you out you North Sudan, Eastern Africa countries are tried of you North Sudan as you heard in a air from Uganda and you know if Uganda jump in than all Eastern Africa will do same thing. Be careful!

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  • 26 April 2012 03:41, by solider

    the new austerity measures is only for a short period till heglig\panthou is fully repaired

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  • 26 April 2012 04:31, by solider

    money they looted

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  • 26 April 2012 07:52, by Chuangah

    Solider, how can you defeat south Sudan will yu simply don’t know how to spell your tribune allias name? I think yu meant to write soldier, though yu are sabbotaging our govt, our govt will always prevailed politically and millitarily, soldier we will trap You in the North, after demarcation we will build huge wall From ethiopia to Central Africa, and we will see where yu will pass through.

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