Saudi Arabia, UAE grant $3 billion of support to Sudan but demonstrators demand civilian goverment

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Sudan protesters to Saudi Arabia, UAE: 'Please keep your money'

Wary that the Gulf countries may be vying for influence, protesters reject aid offers made by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

by Hamza Mohamed

3 hours ago

Sudan protesters want the military council to be dissolved and power handed to a transitional civilian government [Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]


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Khartoum, Sudan - Sudanese protesters have called on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to "keep their money" a day after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi offered to send Khartoum $3bn aid.

Hours after the oil-rich Gulf states made the announcement on Sunday, demonstrators at the sit-in outside Sudan's military headquarters in the capital started chanting: "We don't want Saudi support."

"They are lobbying and using money to try and control Sudan. We have enough resources to look after ourselves and our interests," Adil Gasem Alseed, a trader, told Al Jazeera on Monday.

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"We can rebuild our country without their help. We say thank you, please keep your money," the 52-year-old said.

Other protesters said Sudan needed good leadership and not foreign aid.

"We have the resources. With good leadership, we can look after our country," Hanan Alsadiq, a university student, told Al Jazeera.

"The timing of their aid says a lot about their intentions. Why did they wait until now? Why did they not call on Omar al-Bashir to stop when he was killing our people. Their money will only create problems for us," said Alsadiq, who was born in Saudi Arabia.

The military removed al-Bashir earlier this month after months of anti-government protests during which dozens of people were killed.

The two Gulf countries, in a joint statement, said $500m would be deposited in Sudan's central bank to "ease the pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate".

The rest of the aid money will be sent in the form of food, medicines and fuel derivatives, the statement added.

Many demonstrators at the sit-in said they suspected the two countries of trying to influence the ruling military transitional council with the aid.

Sudan's head of the transitional military council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, was the head of the country's ground troops when Khartoum sent its soldiers to Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels.

Deepening economic crisis

Economists say Sudan needs all the financial aid it can get to improve its economic situation. 

"Sudan is in need of such assistance and loans to fill the gap in trade imbalance. It needs financial support to fill the areas of insufficiency in its annual budget," Muhammad Aljak, an economics professor at Khartoum University, told Al Jazeera.

"It is too early to judge whether this assistance is being given with some political conditions or big concessions from the military council. Sudan needs this money and it needs to use it properly," Aljak added.

A country of more than 40 million people, Sudan has been suffering from a deepening economic crisis that has caused cash shortages and long queues at bakeries and petrol stations.


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by Ahmed H Adam

Demonstrators first took to the streets in December last year following a hike in the price of bread, a staple food in the northeast African country.

The unpopular economic move caused widespread anger.

The country was until recently under crippling US sanctions which lasted two decades and were lifted in October 2017.

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It seems the genuine Sudan protesters are used as the Egyptian when they overthrow the old dictator another one is installed by foreigners.  

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7 hours ago, Duufaan said:

It seems the genuine Sudan protesters are used as the Egyptian when they overthrow the old dictator another one is installed by foreigners.  

No body is happy.


America was happy the first day, but not after the changes in the military council

Saudia and UAE were not happy the first day, but now they are

Egypt is not happy both times, since both versions committed to standing with Ethiopia on GERD, but Egypt has neither money nor power. Egypt, I should say Sissi was happy that the Brotherhood is being undermined, but very unlikely.


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