INTRODUCTION: In a sudden action on Monday (9 November) the leader of Africa's largest country, President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan, announced the dismissal of his entire government.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In a sudden action on Monday (9 November) the leader of Africa's largest country, President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan, announced the dismissal of his entire government. The President said that a new Cabinet would be appointed to carry out radical economic reforms. Only two days before the announcement, the Sudanese leader visited a crack training school for his Army Officers where he met cadets and some of the Egyptian officers instructing them.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri's support in the army is one of the main reasons he has survived several coup attempts during his thirteen years as Sudan's President. At the Nimeiri Military Academy in Khartoum instructors are training young officers who will become the spearhead of the fighting force.
The head of the training school, General Nuredeen, addressed the cadets in front of the President. The Sudanese army has been on alert recently as President Nimeiri has accused Libya's Colonel Gaddafi of fomenting unrest inside Sudan's border. Tension has been high in the country following the recent arrest of more than one thousand opponents of the President.
One of the visiting lecturers is General Abdel Sattar of the Nasser Military Academy in Cairo. President Nimeiri has moved Sudan closer to Egypt over the past year, and was one of the few Arab leaders present at Anwar Sadat's Cairo funeral last month.
President Nimeiri opened a new section of the Military-Academy. Defence cuts are not expected to form a large part of the economic reforms the President has promised. He has already announced that large subsidies on sugar, wheat, and oil will be scrapped, as Sudan attempts to redress its huge balance of payments..deficits. The President has said he will appoint a new Cabinet which will be loyal to these reforms. The moves are in line with International Monetary Fund recommendations to rescue Sudan's economy.
Chinese Officers were also present. Peking is an important source of aid. After the inspection, the President returned to his offices to plan the implementation of his reform proposals.
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