Sudan Struggles To Keep The Lights On

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Sudanese people are grappling with water shortages and power cuts after the last military coup. In Omdurman the local water supply has been dry for weeks. “What happened in October had a significant impact on the economy,” Jibril Ibrahim said.

KHARTOUM June 22: Sudanese people are grappling with water shortages and power cuts after the military coup triggered the suspension of billions of dollars in international funding, and at a time when the war in Ukraine has pushed the cost of key imports higher. In Omdurman, across the White Nile from Sudan’s capital Khartoum, the local water supply has been dry for weeks.

Authorities say they are pressing on with economic reforms that a civilian-led government began under International Monetary Fund (IMF) monitoring in 2020, aimed at reducing subsidies seen as inflationary, but government spending has skyrocketed.

“We are continuing with the economic reform programme, and reducing subsidies gradually in a way that citizens can manage,” Finance Minister Jibril Ibrahim told Reuters in an interview.

Sudan recently signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates for a port and agricultural project, he said, which could lead to greater income.

“What happened in October had a significant impact on the economy,” Jibril Ibrahim said, citing the suspension of about $4 billion in Western aid expected for 2022-23.

Western donors say suspended economic assistance will only return after the appointment of a credible civilian government.

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