Reduction in government ministries announced
There have been further demonstrations on the streets at austerity measures announced by Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir. Cuts to subsidies have meant an increase in prices for food, fuel and public transport. In the latest move the number of cabinet posts has been reduced from 31 to 26 and the ministries merged in an effort to reduce costs.
Protestors, who have a large group of students amongst their number, have also called for the president to go after 23 years in office. There has been a swift response from police who have used tear gas and detained activists and both local and foreign journalists