Sudan has cancelled state subsidies on fuel oil, jet fuel, and cooking gas, lifting all administrative restrictions, which allows for the opening of the sector to the private sector, Al Arabiya reported. “The government’s withdrawal of subsidies came at an appropriate time when global prices have fallen in an unprecedented way,” Sudanese Finance Minister, Badreldien Mahmoud, said, even though he had previously denied that the oil products subsidies would be affected under the new 2016 state budget proposal.

Previously in 2013, Sudan had slashed fuel subsidies, sparking street protests as retail prices soared by more than 60% leading to dozens of protesters being killed in the ensuing crackdown. Sudan’s economy was hit hard in 2011 when South Sudan gained independence and took with it almost 75% of all country’s oil, some 5b barrels of proven reserves as estimated by the US Energy Information Administration, Reuters added.