Civil disobedience commences in Khartoum

A business premises remains closed in Khartoum November 27, 2016 marking the beginning of a civil disobedience against the government's austerity measures. MOHAMMED AMIN | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A general civil disobedience began in Sudan Sunday despite the government reinstating subsidies on medical drugs.

There was minimal activity at most business premises in Khartoum as their operators heeded calls to boycott work.

Many learning institutions were also partially closed.

Declared support

Since Friday, thousands of activists have campaigned on social media for a three-day civil disobedience against the government lifting subsidies on fuel, electricity and drugs.

Several opposition parties and rebel movements have declared support for the civil disobedience.

Khartoum commissioner Ahmed Ali Abushanab confirmed the start of the civil disobedience in the capital, and warned against any attempts to destabilise the situation.

There is stability

''Many rumours have been circulated, but there is stability in the capital," he said.

The government on Friday reversed its decision of lifting the subsidies on the medical drugs, amid amounting calls for a general strike to protest the recent austerity measures.

Earlier this month, the government announced several austerity measures, lifting the subsidies on fuel, drugs and electricity, among other essential goods and services.

Other cities

The move sparked wide condemnation and protests in Khartoum and other cities.

Health minister Bahri Idriss Abu Garda on Friday announced that the government would return the subsidy on drugs, especially the life-saving ones.

He further announced that President Omar Bashir had dismissed the chairman of the pharmaceutical council, Mr Mohamed Alakad.

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