Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok Monday evening announced the formation of the new government, which included 26 ministerial posts
In a news conference, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said the new Cabinet will focus on economic reforms, peace-building, a balanced foreign policy, restructuring of civilian and military entities, and justice for the victims of civil wars in the country.
Hamdok said that the new Cabinet will address crises and prevent the country from collapsing.
“We looked at the world around us, so we put a compass in front of us to keep the country from collapsing with this formation, which also accommodates the peace agreement,” Hamdok said during a press conference in Khartoum.
He said the new Cabinet was formed through consensus following months of consultations with parties to the peace agreement, and considering criteria such as academic qualification, and practical and administrative experiences.
Five ministers retained their positions—Defence Minister Lieutenant General Yassin Ibrahim Yassin, Nasreddin Abdel Bari (Justice), Nasreddin Mufreh (Religious Affairs), Yassir Abbas (Irrigation and Water Resources) and Intisar Segairon (Higher Education).
According to a presidential decree, Jibril Ibrahim is the new finance minister, Yassin Ibrahin Yassin gets the Defense Ministry, Mariam Alsadig Almahdi gets the Foreign Ministry, Izz Aldin Alsheikh gets the Interior Ministry, and Khalid Omer Youssef is given the Ministry of Council of Ministers.
Hamdok did not name the Minister of Education, saying this will be done at a later date after further consultation.
The new Cabinet saw the creation of new ministries, the critical of which were Investment and Petroleum ministries. In addition, Hamdok announced the separation of Ministry of Industry from that of Trade.
Hamdok said also announced an integrated programme, to be ratified this week, that will help boost the economy and ensure the implementation of the peace agreement, justice for victims, and balanced foreign relations.
The premier further said the government would appoint new civilian rulers for the states on Feb. 15, while a transitional legislative assembly would also be created on Feb. 25.
The reshuffle is a part of Hamdok’s struggle to push through reforms and get foreign financing to overcome an ongoing economic crisis and pave the way for Sudan’s transition to democracy. It comes following a peace deal signed in October with some rebel groups aimed at ending conflicts in Darfur and southern Sudan.
Since September 8, 2019, Hamdok has headed a transitional government, the first since Omar al-Bashir was ousted on April 11, 2019 following pressure from popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions.
On November 3 of that year, the Sovereign Council and the Ministers approved amendments to a constitutional document, according to which the current government was formed.
The amendments included the formation of a new government headed by Hamdok, in which the factions that signed the October 3, 2019 peace agreement with Khartoum would select 25 percent of the ministers.
The transitional period in Sudan began on August 21, 2019 and is scheduled to last for 53 months, ending with elections in 2024, during which power will be shared by the army and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, which led protests against Al-Bashir’s regime.