KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan began circulating a new currency on Sunday, days after the newly independent south issued its own new money, in a move likely to heighten differences over handling the economic fallout from the split.
South Sudan, which became Africa’s newest nation on July 9, began circulating its new pound on Monday, pegging it one-to-one with Sudan’s existing pound.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – - While southern Sudanese are enjoying their first heady days of independence, people in the north, like Khartoum food vendor Mutasem Suleiman, see hard times ahead.
When South Sudan split away last Saturday, the north lost most of its oil reserves and inflation is rising fast.
KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan’s president on Tuesday said the country would launch a new currency, a day after newly independent South Sudan confirmed it would do the same, as both states worked to disentangle their economies after the split.
South Sudan declared independence from the rest of the country on Saturday at the climax of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the Khartoum government.
KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – For thousands of southern Sudanese it was a night to stay out dancing to welcome the birth of their new nation. For people in the northern capital Khartoum it was a time of sadness mixed with defiance.
South Sudan, where most follow Christian and traditional beliefs, became independent on Saturday after a January referendum agreed under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the Arab Muslim north.
MANDELA CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) – Watching men loading a truck with bed frames, wardrobes and chairs in this slum near Khartoum, Nal Wak cannot wait to head home to South Sudan as it breaks away to form a new nation.
“This is not our country here. Our country is there (in the south). We’re very poor here and have nothing so we’re going home,” the young woman said, surrounded by children in dirty clothes on the outskirts of Sudan’s northern capital.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan’s ruling party on Sunday said a full-blown civil war could erupt if talks failed to defuse tensions along the border that will divide the two halves of Sudan when it separates this week.
South Sudan is due to declare independence on July 9 after southerners voted to secede in a referendum promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the north.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait, a major OPEC producer, is heading for a deep political crisis as a rebellious parliament steps up its pressure on the government and divisions appear in the ruling family.
The Gulf Arab state has avoided an ‘Arab spring’ uprising but is locked in a long-running battle between a government dominated by the ruling al-Sabah family, and a parliament which likes to challenge it — unusual in a region largely controlled by powerful families.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Around 500 Kuwaitis staged an anti-government protest on Friday, demanding the resignation of the prime minister and an end to a political crisis hampering legislation in the major OPEC oil producer.
“The people want the overthrow of the head (of government),” the crowd chanted, echoing slogans of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
KUWAIT/RIYADH (Reuters) – Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia is using its political clout and financial power to draw regional allies into a united front against perceived threats from Iran and popular discontent with Arab autocrats.
Saudi rulers, alarmed by shifts in U.S. policy in response to the toppling of long-time ally Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and protests roiling Bahrain, Oman and Yemen in the kingdom’s own Gulf backyard, are vigorously pushing back.
KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people fled as north Sudanese militias accused of helping seize the contested Abyei border region over the weekend moved further south, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Armed groups, thought to be northern militias, also opened fire on four U.N. helicopters in Abyei on Tuesday, a U.N. spokeswoman said.