South Sudan to downsize embassy staff due to cash crunch

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Juba – South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said it was planning to cut the number of staff at its embassies across the world to save costs.

It said on Tuesday in Juba that the downsize of staff in its 28 embassies worldwide was because of economic crisis that was taken its toll on government finances.

South Sudan plunged into civil war in late 2013 when a political crisis provoked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s economy has taken a beating since then, and its currency has weakened, inflation has spiraled and revenues from oil dropped due to falling production and falling world prices.

A statement said the country was not closing its embassies, but rather, reducing the number of staff to cut down expenditures due to the economic crisis in the country.

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It said the Country’s 2015/16 budget was set at 10.3 billion South Sudanese pounds, down from 11 billion in 2014/2015.(Reuters/NAN)

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