Sudan raises bread price, year after Bashir’s fall

Customers queue to buy bread at a bakery in Khartoum, Sudan. (Reuters)
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Updated 08 April 2020

Sudan raises bread price, year after Bashir’s fall

  • One Sudanese pound buys only a 50 gram loaf of bread, compared to 70 grams previously
  • A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against President Omar Al-Bashir in December 2018

KHARTOUM: Sudanese authorities on Wednesday announced a rise in the price of bread in the capital Khartoum, nearly a year after the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir.
A tripling of the price of bread had been the trigger for street protests against Bashir in December 2018 — demonstrations that went on for months until the army deposed the longtime ruler on April 11 last year.
Wednesday’s change will mean that one Sudanese pound buys only a 50 gram loaf of bread, compared to 70 grams previously, according to Khartoum state governor Ahmed Abdoun.
In mid-December 2018, the price of bread had been hiked from one pound for a 70 gram loaf to three Sudanese pounds in parts of the country, triggering the social unrest that turned into mass anti-Bashir demonstrations.


Iraq’s security forces destroy Daesh vehicles

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Iraq’s security forces destroy Daesh vehicles

  • The operation was launched military surveillance activities in the area
  • One of the vehicles shot at the surveillance planes, causing minor damages

DUBAI: Iraq’s security forces said they destroyed three Daesh vehicles in the Ar-Rutbah desert, state news agency INA reported.
The Security Forces Media also seized weapons, booby traps and destroyed a number of their encampments.
The operation was launched after two Iraqi forces planes discovered three armed vehicles during a surveillance operation.
One of the vehicles shot at the airplanes causing minor damage, the report added.
Last week, Iraq said they had captured Daesh leader, Abdul Nasser Qardash, who is considered a successor to the terror group’s former chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
He served as the head of one of the terror group’s commissions, INA said, and served under Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who led the group that preceded Daesh.