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Saturday, 17 November 2018
 

Editorial: Better Late than Never

Sudan will form a new government within two days, President Omar Al Bashir said on Monday, a day after he dissolved the cabinet and slashed the number of ministries by a third to tackle a deepening economic crisis.
The President said the new government would look to slash government spending to a minimum, reform the civil service, eradicate all forms of corruption, and provide an attractive environment for investment.
We, in Sudan Vision, called for adapting austerity measures to rescue the collapsing economy and we proposed reducing the government expenditure by reducing the ministries, states and localities besides the legislative councils in all the states.
The President’s step is very fortunate because all the Sudanese were waiting for such brave decision especially after the recent visit of Al Bashir to Russia when he said that he will take serious steps in the framework of the radical reforms to revive the collapsing economy of the country.
The invoice of the national accord government is very high and on the expense of the tax-payers.
However, the step should be followed by other steps because as we tirelessly affirm that the crisis is political rather than economic considering that the economy is not separated from politics.
Accordingly there should be painful concessions from the ruling party in this regard.
We believe that the spending on war represents a huge burden on the economy despite the fact that we are living in the extended ceasefire era, so it is necessary to stop the war as soon as possible for the benefit of the nation.
It goes without saying that Khartoum had played a crucial role in making South Sudan rivals sign the peace agreement which, at least, stopped the bloodshed there.
Now, we urge the government to work out a plan to achieve sustainable peace in all parts of the country.
The plan should include dispatching envoys to all opposition figures abroad and armed groups to convince them to join the peace process through responding to any reasonable demands.
The implementation of the national dialogue recommendations also requires strong political will.
We conclude that the national accord is the only way out to reform the political frame without which the crisis could not be resolved completely.