Sudan orders workers to support army

2012-04-26 10:58
Khartoum - Government agencies in bankrupt Sudan must slash their use of petrol while civil servants donate part of their salaries to support the army, the official SUNA news agency said late on Wednesday.

The order follows weeks of border clashes with South Sudan.

Minister of Finance Ali Mahmud al-Rasul told state institutions and companies to allocate part of their budget, "which is to be transferred soon for the account of the Campaign for Repulsion of Aggression", SUNA said.

State employees must contribute two days' salary, it added.

"The minister of finance also decided on decreasing the weekly fuel quota for government vehicles by 50%," SUNA reported.

The oil-processing facility and export pipeline in Sudan's main oil region of Heglig were burned and damaged during a 10-day occupation by South Sudanese troops.

Both sides have blamed the other for the damage.

A manager at the facility said there has been no production since the start of the occupation on 10 April and it is unclear when the facility can reopen.

The occupation followed earlier clashes between the two nations late last month, and raised fears of wider war.

Inflation

Sudan declared last Friday that its army had forced Southern soldiers out of Heglig. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir had already announced his troops would leave under "an orderly withdrawal", which they completed on Sunday.

The manager said Heglig-area output was 50 000-55 000 barrels a day, accounting for about half the nation's crude production.

Analysts believe essentially all of that was used for domestic consumption.

They said the loss of Heglig would worsen an economy already in crisis after South Sudan separated last July with about 75% of the formerly united Sudan's oil production and billions of dollars in revenue.

Before separation, Southern oil represented more than a third of Khartoum's revenues and its largest source of hard currency, leaving the government struggling for alternatives since then.

Inflation has risen month after month, exceeding 20%, and Sudan's currency is plunging in value. On the black market, one US dollar sells for roughly double the official rate of about £2.7 per dollar.

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