In Summary
  • Bashir appointed Eila as premier last month after dissolving the previous federal government.
  • Eila's cabinet is the third such government formed in less than two years.
  • Eila named veteran politician Eshaj Adam Jamaa as oil minister.

Khartoum

Sudan on Wednesday unveiled a new cabinet to tackle an acute economic crisis, as authorities freed a senior opposition figure jailed for taking part in protests against President Omar al-Bashir's rule.

Recently appointed Prime Minister Mohamed Tahir Eila announced a 20-member cabinet tasked with solving the economic woes that triggered the protests against Bashir's administration since December.

Bashir appointed Eila as premier last month after dissolving the previous federal government in the face of the demonstrations.

Eila's cabinet is the third such government formed in less than two years, with the previous two administrations also sacked by Bashir for failing to revive the country's dilapidated economy.

DISSOLVED

Bashir on February 22 dissolved the former cabinet along with all provincial governments as he imposed a nationwide state of emergency to quell demonstrations after an initial crackdown failed to suppress the protest movement.

"We recognise the main issues, the issues of bread and oil, that need to be solved," Eila told reporters as he announced the names of his ministers.

The new cabinet, which also includes 18 ministers of state, is to be sworn in on Thursday.

Eila named veteran politician Eshaj Adam Jamaa as oil minister, while the finance portfolio was handed to Magdi Hassan Yasin.

Protests initially erupted on December 19 after a government decision to triple the price of bread, while irregular fuel supplies have been a common feature for months across the east African country.

ECONOMIC ISSUES

"The economic issues need to be solved immediately as it impacts inflation and our exchange rate," said Eila.

Sudan's inflation rate touched 44.29 percent in February, compared with 43.45 in January, the country's Central Statistics Agency said on Wednesday.

"Prices of food items like bread, milk and meat increased in February, while that of vegetables fell," the agency said in a statement.

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