Main partner of Bashir's party withdraws from govt

The DUP joined forces with al-Bashir's ruling NCP in 2011 and has five ministers in the 28-member cabinet.

Main partner of Bashir's party withdraws from govt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudan's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the main partner of President Omar al-Bashir's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in the coalition government, has decided to withdraw from the government, political sources told Anadolu Agency Wednesday.

The sources said DUP leader Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani has changed his mind about staying in the NCP coalition.

The party is expected to issue an official statement to publicize its new decision later, the sources added.

The DUP joined forces with al-Bashir's ruling NCP in 2011 and has five ministers in the 28-member cabinet.

The sources claimed the U-turn came in protest to the fact that the NCP did not seek the NCP opinion about a recent government decision to lift subsidies.

"The withdrawal from the government is also meant as a protest against the security crackdown on ongoing demonstrations," they added.

Sudan has been rocked by mass protests since the government decided ten days ago to lift state subsidies on fuel and other vital commodities as part of a controversial economic reform program.

The government has also raised taxes on a number of consumer goods, sending retail prices for hydrocarbons and consumer commodities skyrocketing and instantly triggering mass protests.

While activists say more than 100 people have been killed so far in protest-related violence, Sudanese authorities put the toll at 34, including several policemen.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ekim 2013, 09:23
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