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South Sudan to close down its embassies abroad due to lack of funding

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March 14, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government has planned to “temporarily” close down many of its embassies abroad due to lack of money to continue to operate them as the country’s economy continues to deteriorate, a source has disclosed.

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Embassy of South Sudan in Oslo, Norway (Wikipedia Photo)

The world’s youngest East African nation, which got its independence in July 2011 from the Sudan, has about 24 embassies and missions in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia and America.

However, a source from within the South Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation disclosed to Sudan Tribune that there is a plan to close down several embassies in different continents.

“We plan to close down at least 10 embassies from around the world. It is an austerity measure due to lack of money to run the embassies,” an official source who preferred anonymity told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

He said the challenges faced by the South Sudan’s embassies include lack of money to rent embassy premises, no salary monies for staff and even for operations.

The source said landlords who rent their buildings to the embassies in different countries also threaten to evict and sue the South Sudanese government in courts due to arrears of many months of rent not paid to the owners by the government.

“To avoid the embarrassment the ministry [of foreign affairs] has suggested to temporarily closing down some of the embassies until when the situation improves,” he said.

The official could not however specify the names of the countries of which its embassies will be shut down.

The situation also comes amidst protests by government soldiers and civil servants in different states of the country who claimed they have not been paid their salaries for a number of months because the government seems to be broke.

South Sudan has faced economic deterioration mainly due to the two years of civil war between President Salva Kiir’s government and the armed opposition faction led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.

The war has resulted to significant reduction of oil production in the country which solely depends on oil revenue for the government overall budget by over 98%, as its economy has not been diversified.

Other reasons for the lack of money include drop in global oil prices and corruption in the country.

(ST)

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  • 14 March 2016 22:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    After fanning the fire unreasonably, it is finally becoming too hot to blow.

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    • 15 March 2016 07:35, by Akuma

      The best two options to serve South Sudan from economics falling is to sack both Minister of Finance & Central Bank Governor and bring back exchange rate into 2.96 then you will see the country recovering slowly.

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      • 15 March 2016 14:24, by Mapuor

        Fixing currency rate was abandoned since 1973 by all countries. Abolition of Breton woods system was the end of pegging currencies rate to either gold or another currency. Floating the exchange rate is the wisest decision ever taken by South Sudan government.

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      • 15 March 2016 15:52, by Eastern

        Akuma,

        I really pity the way people like you think. The problem of South Sudan economic meltdown is not about bringing the dollar exchange rate to 2.96. The problem was caused by Kiir spending all the money South Sudan had, including selling oil still underground to wage war against SPLA-io. Kiir goes on to print paper money to appease his generals who may lynch him if he does not please them!

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  • 15 March 2016 00:19, by lino

    Unwise South Sudanese Politicians, you can’t run your own homes leave alone a country!!!
    I suggest you leave an Embassy for North America and one for South America.Also, 1 embassy for European Countries,and 1 for Middle East and North Africa. 1 in China and another in Russia. 1 each for East, West, South Africa.
    Fire all the rest.

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  • 15 March 2016 02:39, by Bentiu Sudan

    No South Sudanese embassies abroad to be closed, but we have only Dinka embassies in different countries that are funded by looted money.

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    • 15 March 2016 05:52, by Bolman

      Dr Machar must take his time not rushing about going to Juba let them face the severely punishment before Machar rescuing their asses no need for IO forces be send to the failure State we have to wait for another 5Months not going to and let see will happen in the next 2Month if Machar didn’t go to that ghost Town of Kiir’s ghosts Town already sagging as well as Thomas Crilo taking his part in Jub

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      • 15 March 2016 14:21, by Hardlinner

        bolman, Riek can’t help himself let alone south sudan. the economic down turn is caused by drop in oil prices. whether rebellion din’t take place still south sudan economy wld hv suffer due to lower oil prices. and for your info. Riek is as stupid as kiir and his government. case in point is his deadly quest for power. only people with logical reasoning will save S sudan. not primitive PHD holders

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    • 15 March 2016 08:23, by Morthon Akol

      what is wrong with your ass did Dinka fuck your mother or what? everything is Dinka, all embassies are belong to all South Sudanese not Dinka alone.

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  • 15 March 2016 06:53, by hamil

    When you visit South Sudan Embassies worldwide you find an Ambassador employing his entire family or clan members in various deplomatic positions. We send out idiots out there to represent us that is why are not able to convince the world that we can stand by ourselves with little help from the world super powers South Sudan is totally a failed state and it is sad this is happening to a country

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    • 15 March 2016 07:01, by hamil

      With everything we are in the 21st century but pinned back to mediocrity because of inept leadership the sooner Kiir and all his subjects accept that they are merely pretending to be leaders the better. You can be a brave worrier and a war veteran but that won’t make you a leader or head of state this is where we don’t realize it.

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  • 15 March 2016 07:55, by Redeemer

    Hamil
    you knocked it at the right angle, I have been saying this over and over, Kiir has done what he is good at to his best, that is fighting for the freedom of his people, but there is no magic that can make him to govern this country where everybody need to be controlled from top bottom

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  • 15 March 2016 08:26, by William Atak Garang.

    Where is our country a heading to really? For me I don’t agree with the decision to closed down of some embassies in abroad. The solution is to comply with what was agreed in the compromise peace agreement and allow the international NGOs to reach the war affected eas,when we do that in connection with friends of S. Sudan I think the situation will change. And we will get loans to covered all tho

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  • 15 March 2016 10:21, by hellonearth

    https://www.facebook.com/laurie.william.5/videos/549932461835652/

    This is South Sudan explained. Dinka are the problem

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  • 15 March 2016 11:12, by Morthon Akol

    those who create that are enemies of peace

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  • 15 March 2016 11:40, by Eyez

    The reality is setting in for Kiir, the JCE and the few of their Equatorian lap dogs.

    The Jienge chieftainship is doomed and headed for destruction, the whole system or let me say ’shitstem’ is rotten from top to bottom and it’s only a matter of time before the whole thing blows up.

    These clowns need to embrace peace, as it’s the only catalyst for a strong economy and growth.

    Anyanyna 1

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