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Sudan’s Bashir sacks aides as regional governments resign except South Darfur

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June 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan President Omer Al-Bashir on Monday issued a decree relieving nine of his advisers from their positions as part of a countrywide downsizing of executive authorities that saw entire regional governments tendering their resignations with the exception of South Darfur State whose government refused to step down.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudanese Minister of Presidential Affairs Bakri Hassan Saleh takes the oath before the President Omar al-Beshir (L) in the capital Khartoum on 10 December 2011. (Photo: AFP - Ashraf Shazly)

The nine advisers include six from Al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and three from other parties participating in the government that was formed in December last year.

The most notable among the NCP’s sacked advisers are Ghazi Salah Al-Din, Ibrahim Ahmad Omer, Raja Hassan Khalifa and Farida Ibrahim whereas representatives of other parties include Ahmad Bilal Osman of the ex-opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Ahmad Hassan Mussad from the DUP-Original faction, and Al-Sadiq al-Hadi Al-Mahdi from the Umma Party-The Collective Leadership faction.

According to one of the sacked advisers, Ahmad Bilal Osman, the decree comes as part of ongoing efforts to “reform” the Sudanese economy.

Sudan is facing a budget deficit of 2.4 billion US dollars created as a result of losing 75 percent of its oil production – the lifeblood of the economy – after South Sudan seceded in July last year.

In response, the NCP-dominated government moved to implement a tough set of austerity measures which, according to officials, include a 30 percent cut in 2 billion US dollars of fuel subsidies as well as slashing the government’s bureaucracy by reorganizing the structures of executive authorities at federal and regional levels.

The austerity measures sparked widening street protests that have been going on for ten days so far.

Meanwhile, two regional governors have announced that their entire cabinet will resign to pave the way for the formation of a new government.

The government of Khartoum State already resigned last week in compliance with austerity plans, according to state media.

Mohammed Tahir Ila, the governor of the Red Sea State in the east, said on Monday that members of his cabinet had rendered collective resignations in order to enable him to form a new government that falls in line with the new austerity measures.

The governor made the announcement during an emergency cabinet meeting and instructed a number of ministers to run the state until a new government is formed “within the upcoming days.”

According to Ila, the new government in the Red Sea State will consist of 18 ministries and ten localities. He said he remains committed to including opposition parties in the new government line-up as well as to reducing the perks of constitutional office-holders and allocating only one car to each one.

Likewise, the deputy chairman of the NCP in East Darfur State, Hassan Mahmoud Ibrahim, announced on Monday that the state government will resign tomorrow, Tuesday, in response to the austerity measures.

Ibrahim explained that all ministers, mayors and advisers would tender their resignations to the state governor, Mohammad Fadul Allah, within 24 hours in order to enable the latter to form a “slender” government consisting of only eight ministries.

Hassan Mahmoud, however, said that the government members in neighboring South Darfur State had refused to resign without giving further details.

South Darfur State’s capital Nyala witnessed a wave of unrest when the central government sacked the state governor Abdel Hamid Musa Kasha in January this year.

Some analysts say that the NCP’s attempts at a regional and federal downsizing of the government may threaten the patronage network that the party itself has greatly relied on for survival since taking power more than 22 years ago.

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  • 26 June 2012 11:33, by Aaban

    leave hima lone to suck our blood, ahaha ahaha his crimes are very close to lick him on his ass,
    thank to my People for refusing the orders of mr coward Ja’alin dog. this time we will seek our independent country like south Sudan, ’this country will never be the same’,

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  • 26 June 2012 12:00, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Aaban
    Darfurains do not want to liberate themselves from Omer Basher regime, wake up and change the most wanted criminal from the power

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    • 26 June 2012 12:44, by Aaban

      My dear Alfredo At this moment of realization I knew that I had been blind because I had wished not to see; it was only then that I realised, at last, all those murdered coward Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe gang are not really African tribe, but don’t worry, those Darfurain who are following Ja’alin serial killers will realised that they are being used to protect criminal and fake

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      • 26 June 2012 12:46, by Aaban

        Sudanese person, if you go and have a look in their prison right now you will be shock that all those suffering are none other them black African people, the coward have their time, in God name, we will have our turn no matt3r how we are suffering from their hands, we will be free like you southerners sometimes,
        The Darfurain sons and daughter who are supporting this gang groups are blind

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        • 26 June 2012 12:47, by Aaban

          followers and they will regret their mistake just like me who is now regretting what I have been doing to protect this poison brainless birds to stayed in the power for long, I feel slave and there is nothing that will take a way this feeling unless these masters gone out of power,

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          • 28 June 2012 13:47, by sudani ana

            Aaban
            WOW!!!!! Well done. A full message without mentioning

            "Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe, Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe, Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe, Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe.

            Keep it up. By the way What is Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya Ja’alin tribe ?

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  • 26 June 2012 12:18, by Observer

    We await for the federal government to tender its resignation so a new leaner inclusive government can be formed and the President can take a rest somewhere out of Sudan.

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    • 26 June 2012 16:47, by zulu

      This elitiest government was probably the most educated by very stupid practices and directions. The whole concept of good governance was misdrected by the egoistic pursuit for staying longer in power without seeing the over arching national goals, including seeking to go to war with its own people.
      Now, it is paying dearly, and the lower people are hurting. Just resign and give other able partie

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  • 26 June 2012 12:39, by Daniel Buolmawei

    These murderers including Bashir, Nafie, Taha and Hussein, etc., dragged the country into economic crisis and now they are throwing away hardworking politicians from their positions in order to save their power and serve themselves. It is a matter of time before we hear these politicians join the waves of protesters on the streets. Mark my words folks.

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    • 28 June 2012 13:08, by Plubumingly

      Yeah man these idiots will soon kick sses man if they don’t make themselves and soon icc is looking at their moves and they are increasing their crimes so further.

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  • 27 June 2012 04:34, by SeekingTruth

    South Sudan’s fundamental right that they have missed in this negotiation is the fact that Khartoum is enjoying oil money out of Heglig(Panthou) which is one disputed areas. How come one country is benefiting on disputed areas while the other is paddling empty-handed? South must file a strongly worded letter to both the UNSC and AU about this issue with a follow-up action if nobody heed to it.

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  • 27 June 2012 06:47, by Madina Tonj

    All South in Old Sudan are all anti-regime. I think the South Darfur State is going to make it like Southern Kordofan and South Blue Nile as well as Southern Sudan. All Souths in Old Sudan will let this dictatorship fall every quick even though Omar al Bashir is threatening to put Muhajhdeen to crackdown the protesters on the streets it will not work. Sudanese are so mood to Bashir for divid Sudan

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