Changes in Sudan will not Affect GERD - Ethiopian Ministry

Lt-Gen-Abdel-Fattah-Abdelrahman-BurhanApril 23, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said today that it is not concerned with the change taking place in Sudan, according to Ethiopian News Agency report.

The government change in Sudan will not affect the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said the ministry in a press conference.

The GERD was designed not to harm downstream countries, according to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.

The State Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Frehiwot Woldesenbet, said “We are constructing the dam based on win-win situation, without taking the advantage of any country. So we believe that the transition in Sudan will not affect the construction of GERD.”

The state minister also disclosed that 2 power generating turbines will be functional in two years, generating 750 megawatts. The dam has 16 turbines in total.

Driven by popular civilian revolt, former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power on 11 April after 30 years of rule. He was replaced by a military council, headed by Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

Sudanese activists are holding nationwide protests to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority. The situation still remain fluid.

Ethiopia has welcomed the change although cautiously, supporting both the Sudanese people and the military to come to stability.



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