Khartoum - Government agencies in bankrupt Sudan must slash their use of
petrol while civil servants donate part of their salaries to support
the army, the official SUNA news agency said late on Wednesday.
The order follows weeks of border clashes with South Sudan.
of Finance Ali Mahmud al-Rasul told state institutions and companies to
allocate part of their budget, "which is to be transferred soon for the
account of the Campaign for Repulsion of Aggression", SUNA said.
State employees must contribute two days' salary, it added.
"The minister of finance also decided on decreasing the weekly fuel quota for government vehicles by 50%," SUNA reported.
oil-processing facility and export pipeline in Sudan's main oil region
of Heglig were burned and damaged during a 10-day occupation by South
Both sides have blamed the other for the damage.
manager at the facility said there has been no production since the
start of the occupation on 10 April and it is unclear when the facility
The occupation followed earlier clashes between the two nations late last month, and raised fears of wider war.
declared last Friday that its army had forced Southern soldiers out of
Heglig. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir had already announced his
troops would leave under "an orderly withdrawal", which they completed
The manager said Heglig-area output was 50 000-55 000 barrels a day, accounting for about half the nation's crude production.
Analysts believe essentially all of that was used for domestic consumption.
said the loss of Heglig would worsen an economy already in crisis after
South Sudan separated last July with about 75% of the formerly united
Sudan's oil production and billions of dollars in revenue.
separation, Southern oil represented more than a third of Khartoum's
revenues and its largest source of hard currency, leaving the government
struggling for alternatives since then.
Inflation has risen
month after month, exceeding 20%, and Sudan's currency is plunging in
value. On the black market, one US dollar sells for roughly double the
official rate of about £2.7 per dollar.