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New 21-member cabinet to overlook economic crisis in Sudan

A new 21-member cabinet has been tasked a duty to tackle the growing economic crisis in Sudan.

President Omar al-Bashir approved the ministers after sacking the previous government over failure to fix the growing economic crisis in the country.

Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 percent for several months, prompting Bashir to sack his 31-member cabinet to “fix the situation.

The ministers are expected to be sworn in with several ministers who served in the previous government being retained.

Prices of food items and other products more than doubled over the past year across Sudan as the economic crisis grew, while the foreign currency market has seen the Sudanese pound plunge against the US dollar.

Sudan’s economy suffered from the loss of three-quarters of its oil resources when South Sudan gained independence in 2011.

The country has also been on the spotlight on terrorism with Washington keeping Sudan on its list of “state sponsors of terrorism”, a factor officials say keeps investors away.

An attempt in September 2013 to cut fuel subsidies led to bloody confrontations between anti-austerity protesters and security forces that left dozens dead in Khartoum.

In January, Sudan witnessed sporadic anti-government protests after a sharp rise in food prices.

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