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Opposition party claims NCP is ‘threat’ to Sudan

August 24 - 2018 KHARTOUM
Secretary-General of the PCP, Dr. Ali El Haj (file photo)
Secretary-General of the PCP, Dr. Ali El Haj (file photo)

Sudan experiences “an unprecedented economic collapse”, said Dr Ali El Haj, secretary-general of one of Sudan’s opposition parties. He called for dealing with the Turkish Lira or the Chinese Yuan as substitute for the US Dollar, as a way out for the economy.

El Haj, secretary-general of the Popular Congress Party, called for the appointment of ministers of the economic sector “on the basis of efficiency rather than party affiliation”. He said that government spending at the centre and state level should be reduced.

He also called for dealing with the Turkish Lira or the Chinese Yuan as substitute for the US Dollar, as a way out for the economy.

Accusations

The Popular Congress Party has launched harsh criticism on the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), calling it “the biggest threat to the country”. On Wednesday, in the Eid El Adha holiday, El Haj described the NCP as the biggest obstacle to peace.

“The continuation of the war is one of the manifestations of corruption. The security service and the NCP spend a lot of money in dividing the movements, more than spending on peace.”

El Haj therefore demanded that the names of corrupt people arrested by the security service be disclosed to the public. “These corrupt people have formally received funds from banks, which indicates the spread of corruption in the state body.”

Financial measures

Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir said in his speech on the occasion of Eid El Adha that he will drastically review the macroeconomic fundamentals. He also unveiled the existence of an ongoing review of state and federal institutions’ structures as part of a new austerity drive that would see more cuts to diplomatic missions abroad.

This week the Central Bank of Sudan issued a decree instructing government agencies to shut down any commercial bank accounts denominated in foreign currency they may have and hand it to the Bank.


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