September 6, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

(KHARTOUM) – A former World Bank economist will join Sudan’s first female foreign minister in the country’s first government since the overthrow of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir, the new prime minister has said.

Sudan’s prime minister announced the formation of his Cabinet on Thursday, making a major step for the East African county after former leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted after three decades in power.

“A new stage in Sudan’s history starts today,” Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said at a press conference in the capital, Khartoum. “We are seeking an end to the war and [want to] achieve sustainable peace.”

The government was formed as part of a three-year power-sharing agreement between the military and civilian representatives and protest groups.

Among the 18 ministers announced on Thursday four are women — including Sudan’s first female foreign minister, Asma Mohamed Abdallah. Asma Mohamed Abdalla Taha is the secretary-general of the Sudanese Republican Party, who was detained last February in a wave of protests that eventually lead to the collapse of Omar Bashir’s government

“We are keen on the participation of women in the transitional government because of the role they played in the Sudanese revolution,” Hamdok said.

Asma Mohamed Abdallah

Asma Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, the secretary-general of the Sudanese Republican Party, who was detained last February in a wave of protests that eventually lead to the collapse of Omar Bashir’s government was tipped to be announced as a new minister of foreign affairs by a diplomatic source, according to the Moscow Sputnik.

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The prime minister also named former World Bank economist Ibrahim Elbadawi to serve as finance minister.

Madani Abbas Madani, the leader of the civilian coalition that negotiated a power-sharing deal with the military, was named as minister of industry and trade.

The military named police Lieutenant General Idriss al-Traifi as interior minister, while army Lieutenant General Jamal Omar will take on the post of defense minister.

Talks are still ongoing with civilian representatives to fill the final two minister positions in Hamdok’s 20-member Cabinet.

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