Title: Sudan’s opposition leader denies that his party agreed to participate
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 09-09-2013, 05:20 PM
Sudan’s opposition leader denies that his party agreed to participate in power
Khartoum-The chairman of Sudan’s opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has denied categorically that his party reached a deal with the ruling National Congress Party to participate in power as Prime Minister during his meeting with President, Omar al-Bashir last month.
In a statement after his meeting with Minister of Finance, Ali Mahmud and the Governor of Sudan Central Bank, Mohammed Khair, at his house on Thursday, al-Mahdi said that the senior officials presented a full explanation for the economic and financial situation in the country, especially their willingness to lift subsidies on petroleum products
He said that he didn’t receive Sudan's president and his ministers to share power, pointing out that his party's declared policy based on the regime change through civil action away from armed violence and the use of foreign support.
Al-Mahdi stressed that there are no ties between his party and the ruling party out of national issues, stating that he separated from the beginning between the national issues and the policies of the ruling party
The chairman of National Umma Party launched a violent attack on Government regarding the economic policies, attributed the economic downturn and fiscal deficit to break down of relationship with South Sudan, wars, the bad relationship with the international community and the State corruption.
He ridiculed Khartoum's government's policies for lifting subsidies on fuel, saying that it is an expression of the failure of financial departments to deal with the problems
Sudan lost 75% of its oil reserves after the southern part of the country became an independent nation in July 2011 denying the north billions of dollars in revenues.
Prior to the country’s breakup, Sudan produced close to 500,000 barrels but now its output is limited to 140,000 barrels per day. Oil revenue constituted more than half of the Sudan’s revenue and 90% of its exports.