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S. Sudan blames current economic distress on regime change


February 13, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudanese officials have attributed the its deteriorating economic situation to western powers allegedly seeking to topple the government in order to bring in people who would take orders and directives to implement their agenda.

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A man from South Sudan displays new currency notes outside the Central Bank of South Sudan in Juba on 18 July 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

The presidential advisor on decentralisation and intergovernmental linkages, Tor Deng Mawien said government faces lots of difficulties because western nations were allegedly working hard to ensure they "execute regime change agenda at all cost".

“They (unnamed western countries) are determined to ensure they achieve their regime change agenda. They have tried the use of violence as a way to change the government but this did not work. So they decided to adopt another strategy this time to achieve their objective”, Mawien exclusively told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“You know there have been threats of targeted and general sanctions which are being unilaterally advocated to be imposed against the country and its leadership. This is still part of the regime agenda", he added.

The senior presidential adviser described regime change agenda as being a foreign approach to removing a government which does not want to be controlled by external forces by using external force or underhand maneuvering within the targeted country.

The Finance Minister, David Athorbei also blamed the country’s financial woes on what he termed as plans by foreign nations wanting to see the fall of the current government.

“If we run out of dollars then we will have to depend on the South Sudanese pound,” said Athorbei.

"There is no way to close fiscal deficit. There are two days to do it, either we take loans from domestic or international financial institutions, which we are not getting or depend on our local currency", he added.


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  • 13 February 2016 23:23, by Mayok

    Short the hell up Tor Deng Mawien. which western world are you try to involve in your own mess. why don’t you people don’t getting tired of being shameless to yourself? you should be proud nobody care about your dirty work, instead of going to jail or get your alcoholic boss kill by Westerner power. You started, and you will face the consequence of mindlessness boss.

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    • 14 February 2016 02:03, by Khent

      Only naive idiots [susceptible to deflective government propaganda] would believe this nonsense. If the West had an actual designs on removing the mindlesss animals in Juba, it would just weeks to achieve that objective. So these idiots steal billions, fail to initiate any infrastructural developments, start a terrible war on a false prospectus... but the West is to blame!?

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      • 14 February 2016 02:20, by Khent

        ..The same West that accorded South Sudan preferential trade arrangements — arrangements that Juba failed to exploit to any degree. Only losers blame everybody else but themselves for their failures. How these people [animals really] can consider themselves leaders of a State, is beyond me.

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  • 14 February 2016 00:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Not western powers are working for regime change on economic, even civil society need everything’s to improve on their life.

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  • 15 February 2016 07:35, by Dengda

    Lame accuses indeed, if government ran of ideas of how to revive the country economic, bette get your hell out of the government and let those who knows how take over. you have knowledge but know stealing and stealing with out guts and shame. South Sudan has a lot of economists who can rescues this country from this messes if given chance to do so. Koryom, Athrobei and Kiir should resign.

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