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Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

 

KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—Columnist Khalid al-Tigani has devoted his column that was published on AL-Sudani daily newspaper of Sunday to a recent state visit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeieir and on response by the international community to the changes that took place in Sudan.

Tigani based his article on a question he evaluated as one that is "worse a million dollars" asked by SUNA Director Mohamed Abdul Hamid Tigani described as veteran journalist saying that although the visit by President Steinmeieir opens up a new prospect for Sudanese-German, Sudanese-European cooperation, many Sudanese feel that there was a lack of enthusiastic and rapid response by the international community to the change and major transition that followed the December revolution and about the role that can be played by Germany to make of its policy a European one that responds to the economic challenges in Sudan.

Just as the question was fundamental in demonstrating the most important economic issue and the great reliance by the Sudan on the international community for helping the Sudanese transitional government overcome the difficult economic crises, the answer by the German President was also fundamental agreeing that the international community did not adequately participate in supporting the change in Sudan and did not appreciate the importance of that change in the region and in East Africa, in particular, said Tigani.

He further quoted President Steinmeieir as saying that his visit was aimed at drawing the attention of other European leaders to what is taking place in Sudan and what could happen in case of a failure by the current regime.

 "My visit conveys a clear signal to those who have not yet shown concern to the changes in Sudan is to come over here and offer the required support to this country," the German President was cited by the columnist as saying.      

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Writing in Aljareedah daily newspaper of Monday, Hanady al-Siddeik hailed as reflecting the December Revolutionary spirit the resolutions recently taken by the committee set up for dismantling the empowerment of the previous regime, including the sacking of 109 diplomats and restoration to the Gezira Scheme of 15 ginners from private businesses of the former regime.

Those resolutions are the logical outcome of the December Revolution, although they were delayed and the people would have been much delighted if they were taken from the outset of seizure of power by the transitional authority, said Hanady.

She also hailed the formation of steering committees of the professional associations of the past regime and called for dissolving youth and student unions of the former ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The columnist called for continuation of the million-strong demonstrations, instead of staging such parades on occasions, to press for further resolutions for achievement of the goals of the Revolution to "let the martyrs rest in peace."

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The living crises in Sudan are no less grave than the Corona virus that has spread panic world-wide but has not yet reached the country, although this is doubtful, considering the Sudanese long, open borderlines with several neighboring countries, remarked Abu Bakr Ais in a column carried by Al-Sudani Aldauliyyah newspaper of Tuesday.

The economic crises in Sudan have become beyond imagination covering nearly all day-to-day necessities, including bread, fuels, gas, transport, vegetables, sugar, cooking oil, etc. while no official bothering himself to go down to the market to assess the volume of those crises, the columnist said.

He added that greediness and avidity have become the rule of the day with every merchant ordering the highest price of every commodity and everyone providing any kind of service demanding whatever price he decides without abiding by any tariff.

The reason for those crises is not only the greediness which is gnawing into the bones of the consumers, but it is also the absence of the law as the country has become a lawless state in connection with the living conditions, said Ais, calling upon the transitional government to reactivate the law as anyone will be encouraged to misbehavior if he feels secure against punishment.

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Columnist Al-Tahir Satti, in his regular column that was published by Assayha daily newspaper of Thursday, hailed plans by the Ministry of Education for reintroduction of the intermediate stage to return to the 12-year educational system that was changed by the ousted regime into one of 11 years.

The reintroduced system will, as of the next academic calendar, be composed of three states of the primary (six years) the intermediate (three years) and the Secondary (three years), said Satti.

He added that the idea behind this is to separate the children from the adolescent pupils, noting a year before removal, the  defunct regime was planning to make the primary stage nine instead of eight years, thus the children of the primary (basic) school will be one year older, further widening the age gap between children of one classroom.

The columnist called for making true the slogan used to be chanted by the revolutionaries "We Shall Build It (the country)" and mobilize the popular effort in support of the government for discharging national projects starting with a call by journalist Mahjoub Mohamed Salih for mobilization of the popular effort for the success of the next agricultural season.

The government has no adequate resources for building schools for the planned intermediate stage and therefore it also has to resort to the popular effort, assisted by the Resistance Committees nationwide, Satti said.

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The Khartoum-based Al-Sudani Aldauliyyah newspaper on Saturday carried three columns, the first two of them on the failure in Washington of negotiations on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the third one discussing the economic situation in Sudan.

Mahjoub Mohamed Salih wrote that hopes by Egypt for the success of Washington rounds of talks in its favor were dispelled with apologies by Ethiopia from participation in the final round of negotiations for signing the closing agreement and, instead, continuing with the final stage of construction of the Dam.

It was obvious that Ethiopia apologized for avoiding getting itself involved in a binding agreement for offering concessions to Egypt which until now clung to its hope that American pressures of imposing the carrot-and-stick policy might force Ethiopia to make concessions for Egypt and for this reason the latter resorted to the policy of diplomacy to persuade America into carrying on with its efforts, forgetting that American President Donald Trump is presently busy in reelection for a second presidential mandate.   

  In the second column on the Renaissance Dam, Mahfouz Abdin said Egypt is now confronting a new challenge with Ethiopia announcing that it would start the operation of filling the Dam Lake next July.

Having its hopes for getting any concessions dashed by Ethiopia, Egypt apparently considered a military move with Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi meeting with senior commanders of the Egyptian army to get prepared for any developments in connection with the Ethiopian Dam, Abdin said.

In the third column, Mahjoub Urwah wrote in his newspaper that two economic socialist and free-market schools were introduced but failed in Sudan due to dictatorial and totalitarian regimes of late President Gaafer Nimeiry and the late Islamist Ingas rule respectively.

He suggested that the solution of the economic crisis lies in applying an absolute economic freedom for the individuals and the private sector, but prohibiting monopoly, exploitation and corruption, with the government improving the infrastructures, particularly the electricity, water and roads and cutting taxes on production and supporting the producers rather than the consumers.

Urwah added that an effective economic solution requires encouragement of the production and producers for proliferating commodities and services and lowering their prices besides encouragement of exports and exporters for bringing in adequate hard currencies and making the Sudanese pound strong and stable.

 

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