Billionaire Ibrahim calls on al-Bashir to quit

Sudanese billionaire, Mohammed Ibrahim

Sudanese billionaire, Mohammed Ibrahim

from RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) PROMINENT Sudanese billionaire, Mohammed Ibrahim, has called on

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

beleaguered President, Omar al-Bashir, and his administration to leave office in the wake of rising anti-government protests.

The British-based telecommunications pioneer (aged 72) is the first high-profile figure to urge the longtime leader to vacate his position.

He blamed the government of al-Bashir (75) of the economic crisis that has triggered nationwide demonstrations.

“70 percent of the budget [in Sudan] is spent on security, armed forces and militias. It is no wonder that the country is going backwards. To be able to manage to buy food – even bread – has become difficult,” said the founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

“The message is clear…they [government] have been rejected now, completely rejected by the people. This is everywhere, in all the towns in Sudan people are coming out and saying: enough is enough.”

Ibrahim recommended that a transitional government assumes leadership of the North African country.

“Please, accept a peaceful transition of power and go in peace,” he stated.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa.

Its formation coincided with problems afflicting his country of birth.

In power since a coup in 1989, Bashir is accused of presiding over a
government that has wrecked Sudan’s economy.

Security forces have killed at least 40 people have been killed in the
latest protests.

Al-Bashir this week insisted he would not quit.

– CAJ News

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