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State of emergency declared in Sudan’s Atbara city after protests 

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Government of northern Sudan’s Nahr al-Neel State Wednesday declared state of emergency in Atbara, the state’s biggest city, and imposed a curfew in the wake of protests in the city, Sudan’s Ashorooq net reported.

“A meeting for the state’s security committee has declared the state of emergency and imposed a curfew until further notice,” Ibrahim Mukhtar, spokesman for the Nahr al-Neel state government, was quoted as saying.

He said that the decision excluded the service institutions and utilities, adding that another decision was issued to suspend classes at all basic and secondary schools in Atbara city.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) condemned the protests which took place in Atbara city, according to official SUNA news agency.

“Any citizen has the right to express his opinion peacefully, but what happened in Atbara is not consistent with the concept of peacefulness,” said Ibrahim Al-Siddiq, NCP spokesman.

He described the protests in Atbara city as “an attempt to disturb security and stability.” He said that “the right of expression of stances and opinions is guaranteed by the constitution, but sabotage is unacceptable.”

The headquarters of the ruling party in Atbara, the headquarters of the local government and a fuel station were burned during the protests, according to local TV station.

The protests began peacefully and then turned to violence and vandalism.

Sudan has been suffering a dire economic crisis since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, which caused a loss of 75 percent of oil revenues.



Public revenues in Sudan’s 2019 budget reach
163 bln Sudanese pounds: minister

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Finance Minister Mutaz Musa on Wednesday said that public revenues in the country’s general budget for 2019 are estimated to be about 163 billion Sudanese pounds, or 3.4 billion U.S. dollars, 39 percent increase from last year’s estimations.

Musa made the remark at a press briefing in Khartoum Wednesday.

He said the tax estimations in the budget reached 47 billion Sudanese pounds, 29 percent increase from 2018 budget.

Musa said that the GDP growth is set to reach 5.1 percent by the end of 2019 due to contribution of the agricultural sector which is expected to reach 28 percent.

Sudan has been suffering a dire economic crisis since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, which caused a loss of 75 percent of oil revenues.



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