16 Jan '11, 9pm

DTN Singapore: Tunisia revolt puts heat on north Sudan: KHARTOUM: Widespread economic and political discontent h...

KHARTOUM: Widespread economic and political discontent has northern Sudanese wondering if Khartoum is heading towards a popular uprising like in Tunisia. On Sunday, opposition parties congratulated Tunisians and called for an "end to the totalitarian regime" in Khartoum, demanding the resignation of Sudan's Finance Minister Ali Mahmud who they blame for rising prices. "The current crisis can only end with the end of the totalitarian regime and the end of a single-party regime," Faruq Abu Eissa, spokesman for a coalition of opposition groups, told a press conference in Khartoum. Political uncertainty, skyrocketting food prices and weak state finances have decimated the Sudanese pound. Already saddled with heavy debt, the country has also exhausted its foreign currency reserves and slid into inflation. The government ratified tough austerity measures on January 5 in response...

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