KHARTOUM (Halbeeg) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party said early Friday that a new government has been formed.
The party’s vice president, Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, said in a press conference that the new ministers will assume their duties after being sworn-in at the Presidential Palace this evening and the first cabinet meeting will be held Sunday.
The government will reportedly consist of 21 federal ministers compared with 31 previously and 27 state ministers versus 47, reflecting Sudan’s efforts to cut down on spending as it grapples with a growing economic crisis.
Abdullah Hamduk was appointed minister of finance, Ahmed Bilal Othman interior minister, and Khadr Mohamed Qasmallah minister of water resources and electricity.
Hamduk served previously as executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Mashair Al-Dawalab took the post of minister of general education while Azhari Abdul-Ghadir was named as minister of oil, gas, and minerals.
Bashir named a new prime minister this week and said the number of ministers in a leaner new government would be slashed by a third to cut government spending as the economy grapples with soaring inflation and an acute hard currency shortage.
Halbeeg News and Agencies