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Vol 51 No 22

Published 5th November 2010


Khartoum’s new export trade

The prospect of losing most of its oil income if the South becomes independent next year has galvanised the National Congress Party. As the Sudanese pound hurtles downwards against the US dollar and as, unusually, a wave of strikes hits the capital, top NCP people have been travelling to faraway places and on 21 October, the cabinet agreed to privatise state-owned companies. Most Sudanese thought the National Islamic Front (now NCP) had already years ago privatised most of the country’s numerous state-owned assets into party hands. Big business in the North depends almost entirely on NCP say-so and often on government shareholders.

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