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NCP decides Sudan’s “austerity government”

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July 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday ended speculations on the size of the country’s upcoming ’austerity’ cabinet, saying it will be composed of 26 portfolios after the elimination of 9 ministries occupied by NCP members without touching the shares of other parties.

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The NCP’s Vice-Chairman and Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali Nafie

In a meeting chaired by President Omer al-Bashir in the capital Khartoum, the NCP’s leadership bureau decided to reduce the number of ministries from 31 to 26 as well as the number of state ministers to 12.

The resolution eliminated five portfolios by merging the Ministry of International Cooperation into the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also annexed the Ministry of Labor into the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Telecommunications into the Ministry of Sciences and Technology.

Furthermore, the resolution spoke of a merger between the Ministries of Media, Culture and Religious Guidance.

The reductions in the cabinet are part of wider austerity measures that the Sudanese government has recently adopted to confront the country’s economic crisis which resulted from losing 75 percent of its oil production following South Sudan’s secession.

The austerity measures also included termination of fuel subsides, which sparked a wave of nationwide protests to which the authorities responded with force and detained more than 1000 people, according to activist groups.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, NCP’s Vice-Chairman and presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie pointed out that five NCP ministers will leave their positions but he declined to identify them.

He also said that other parties participating in the government, including the ex-opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani, will retain their portfolios.

Responding to reporters questions on the expectations that the government was going to announce a more slender cabinet, Nafie said: “We hoped to do that but preserving national unity and participation in power dictated otherwise”.

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  • 5 July 2012 13:17, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    This is a sign of a fail govt in Khartoum.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 5 July 2012 13:28, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      This wicked man called nafi will be killed by dragging him down on the street of Khartoum like rest of Gadhafi loyalist, Bashir will bag like his friend Gadhafi by shouting don’t shut, don’t shut please I am begging you, I didn’t know the Muslim were so coward even the dogs cannot beg like coward fake Arab of Sudan,

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      • 6 July 2012 15:32, by Ruach

        Deaths to Garang boys and one who trust them!!

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    • 5 July 2012 16:12, by Abikacha

      That isn’t enough it could be good if I see you Nafie and your donkey Omar El Beshir being tried in the Hague court soon. Down to your damned regime that has enslaved Sudanese, your days are numbered i have started count down from yesterday and hope July will go with you damned, I hate you all. I will meet you in court as i don’t pray for your death.

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    • 6 July 2012 09:06, by Paul Chadrack

      GOSS,a government manage by greedy unnationalistic individuals cannot work for any future developments in this young nation.their initial plan is to wait for every annual badget and put forward a strategy of how to loot it.change is argently need for the new government and Parliament.call it a hotel government,every day you can’t miss corrupt officials taking beer,chicken plus women, call it hakum

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  • 6 July 2012 05:01, by George Bol

    Arab in Khartoum must chose between worst or good before the thunderstorm.Bashier must sight asylum before December of this year other he will be caught sooner than latter.

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  • 6 July 2012 07:40, by Umoja

    That is just the beginning, know when you depend on the resources of South Sudan. Wait when boarder is finally demarcated.

    No misriya crossing to graze in South Sudan land, reduce smuggling across the boarder. This time I don’t know if Saudi Arabia will criminal Bashir like Tunisian leader.

    Umoja

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  • 6 July 2012 07:43, by john k

    NCP.Don’t try and find common ground to defend your worse economy policy,that has already affected the economy and Sudanese society. Any reduction of ministers or discussion around this austerity plans will not help situation, just change the NCP adminstration,or learn to be honest, transparent to public and outsiders.

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