Saturday, September 07, 2019

Sudan: PM's 18-member cabinet includes 4 women

Article from AFP
By Abu Idris Ali and Jay Deshmukh
Dated Thursday 05 September 2019
Sudan PM unveils first post-Bashir cabinet

Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan's new premier Thursday unveiled the first cabinet since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir's overthrow, a major step in the country's hard-won transition to civilian rule after decades of authoritarianism.

The announcement had been delayed for days as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok mulled over the nominees proposed by the movement that led the months-long protests against Bashir and also the generals who ousted him.

The 18-member cabinet includes four women, including the country's first ever female foreign affairs minister, Asma Mohamed Abdalla, Hamdok told a news conference according to an AFP correspondent.

"Today we begin a new era," Hamdok said.

"The top priority of the transition government is to end the war and build sustainable peace."

Hamdok named Ibrahim Ahmed El-Badawi as minister of finance and economic planning, army Lieutenant General Jamal Omar as defence minister and police Lieutenant General El-Trafi Idris Dafallah as minister of interior.

"Now we have a great chance to achieve peace as we have a suitable environment for that," Hamdok said.

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