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Sudanese MPs criticise rise in ministers’ perks as poverty increases

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May 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese minister of finance, Ali Mahmoud, faced a barrage of criticism when he presented the parliament on Wednesday with a report stating that the rate of poverty in the country has exceeded 40 percent.

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Sudan National Assembly.

Reacting to the minister’s revelation, some parliamentarians blamed increases in the perquisites of constitutional post-holders as well as the expansion of government base, saying that the funds spent to cover these expenses could have been used to allay poverty.

Some MPs also stressed that Sudan does not need to be ruled by 700 constitutional post-holders at the federal and state levels, while others suggested that the number of ministers be halved to 15.

But Ali Mahmoud responded by pointing out that his ministry is not mandated to reduce expenditure on officials’ perks and that the heads of parliamentary committees were receiving the same perquisites as the ministers.

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A survey conducted by the government in 2009 revealed that 46.5 percent of Sudan’s population lives in poverty. Sudan’s economy has been greatly weakened by the loss of nearly 75 percent of Sudan’s previous oil output of 500,000 barrels of per day when South Sudan seceded in July last year.

The finance minister mentioned in his report that the most important challenge facing Sudan’s new development strategy following the loss of oil revenues is the stabilisation of the economy through diversification of production and curbing inflation.

He told the parliament that the government plans to reduce poverty by maintaining an economic growth rate of 5.5 percent.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that Sudan’s economy will experience a contraction in growth by 0.2% in 2011 and -0.4% in 2012 due to the loss of oil which constituted the country’s main source of hard currency.

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    • 24 May 2012 10:41, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      You the few who are enjoying the Minister for Finance has the right to declear this to the whole world why to refuse on what is taking place,if $100 its exchange rate is 800 Sudanese pound what next.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 25 May 2012 07:14, by Joseph Makuer

      From the Central Intelligence Agency, 41% are under poverty in Sudan5 years ago... But by now I believe is over 50% in Sudan. You mustaccept negotiation with South Sudan to help boost your economy.

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  • 24 May 2012 10:22, by Aaban

    What do except from this circle of Ja’alin blood, sucker who love themselves than anybody else in the country,

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    • 24 May 2012 20:04, by zulu

      Aaban,
      No need to worry. These idiots are like camilleons. They change color according to your suitability. They can say, oh we are Africans today when things turn sour and Arab when things are sweet. But, definitely, we should not allow ourselves to be fondled by them. African majority in Sudan can form one united federation with south Sudan, that has no religious bigotry, econo-socio equality

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  • 24 May 2012 10:24, by Lang

    "He told the parliament that the government plans to reduce poverty by maintaining an economic growth rate of 5.5 percent."

    Good luck!

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    • 24 May 2012 10:50, by Dinkawarrior

      Another name for Kurnyel is SEE ME!

      Whoever against South Sudan will be a loser like Malowi President!

      George Athor is not gonna come forever, you better harry up before we close the windows. God will punish Kurnyel for being anti-his own people. Shame on you!!

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      • 25 May 2012 07:18, by Joseph Makuer

        Dinkawarror,,

        you’re absolutely correct

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