The Sovereignty Council announced the retraction of its decision to increase electricity prices, following days of protests by farmers in northern Sudan.
A member of the Sovereignty Council, Abul-Qasim Bartam, held a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum today, Tuesday, with the committee charged with reviewing the increase in electricity tariffs.
The meeting, which included the ministries of Finance, Energy, Agriculture and Forestry, in the presence of the designated governor of the northern state, Awad Ahmed Muhammad Qaddoura, decided to reverse the decision to increase electricity tariffs in the agricultural, industrial and residential sectors, until it has been presented before the Sovereignty Council.
In a press statement, the commissioner of the north said that the increase in electricity tariffs had significant repercussions and impacts on the political, economic, and security conditions, as well as negative repercussions on the agricultural and industrial sectors.
He said that the meeting decided to freeze this increase immediately, as of today.
On Monday, protesters closed the national road linking Omdurman with the northern state in protests against the increase in electricity prices in Sudan, which had been approved by the coup authorities earlier in January.