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KHARTOUM, SUDAN (RECENT) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** WORKER PUTTING BREAD IN BAG WORKER HANDING BAG OF BREAD TO CUSTOMER VARIOUS OF WORKERS HANDING BAGS OF BREAD TO CUSTOMERS VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS IN LINE TO BUY BREAD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHARTOUM RESIDENT, AWAD ALI, SAYING: "I expected that the government, once people took to the streets, and the youth took to the streets, we hoped that things would change. But the situation is worse. People are standing in line for bread, to eat lunch, and they cannot find any." EXTERIOR OF SUDANESE FINANCE MINISTRY SIGN READING (Arabic/English): "Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning" SUDANESE MINISTER OF FINANCE, IBRAHIM ELBADAWI, ENTERING ROOM AND SITTING BEFORE JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUDANESE MINISTER OF FINANCE, IBRAHIM ELBADAWI, SAYING: "The Central Bank has no option but to print money to buy gold. This cycle has to be broken, and we will do it soon. Basically what we plan to do as I told you, that we wanted to retain all these purchasing activities to the ministry of finance through real resources. And that is why we need support. You know, we will do our part, but we cannot do it alone. For this government to succeed, for this revolution to proceed into a stable democracy, in this very critical part of Africa and the Middle East, we need understanding and support, and quite certainly we will get it." JOURNALIST ASKING: "Without support the economy will collapse, right?" ELBADAWI: "Absolutely, absolutely." ENTRANCE TO GOLD REFINERY SIGN READING (Arabic/English): "Sudan Gold Refinery Co. Ltd." MACHINERY IN REFINERY TECHNICIANS WORKING VARIOUS OF GOLD BARS ON SHELVES VARIOUS OF GOLD IN BAGS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUDANESE MINISTER OF FINANCE, IBRAHIM ELBADAWI, SAYING: "The budget support, I think, for example, some estimates range between three to four, maybe even five billion (U.S. dollars). Once we get the budget process going, and we align the numbers and do the right calculations. I think we should be in a better position to do it." VARIOUS OF WORKERS PUTTING DOUGH ON PAN AT BAKERY WORKERS AT BAKERY VARIOUS OF WORKERS PUTTING DOUGH ON PAN AT BAKERY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BAKER, HAFEZ MOHAMED, SAYING: "(There is) big pressure. Market prices are insanely high. We are working here and it is not enough. You have to work two or three days in order to support yourself." SHOP OWNER, WALI ELDIN MOHAMED, ARRANGING GOODS ON SUPERMARKET SHELF MOHAMED SITTING BEHIND COUNTER AT SUPERMARKET VARIOUS OF MOHAMED COUNTING MONEY MOHAMED PUTTING MONEY IN DRAWER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHOP OWNER, WALI ELDIN MOHAMED, SAYING: "Purchasing power is very weak because the economic situation currently is unacceptable. Any citizen that comes in always asks, 'why does this product cost this and that price?' It was sold at a certain price a week ago, and now it is a different price. Companies are actually raising prices. We cannot tell people why there are price hikes. Is it the dollar? There are some Sudanese products, national products. It should not be affected by the price of the dollar." VIEW OF SEA PORT VARIOUS OF MACHINE LIFTING CARGO MACHINE MOVING CARGO

Sudanese Criticize Economic Conditions As Govt Says It Needs $5 Billion In...

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