In Summary
  • The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday.

  • Several ministers from the previous government were retained in the new, smaller cabinet.

  • In January, Sudan witnessed sporadic anti-government protests after a sharp rise in food prices.

KHARTOUM,

Sudan's ruling party unveiled a new 21-member cabinet Thursday after President Omar al-Bashir sacked the previous government for failing to tackle a growing economic crisis.

Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 percent for several months, prompting Bashir on Sunday to sack his 31-member cabinet to "fix the situation."

NEW GOVERNMENT

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP), in a late meeting Thursday, approved the ministers chosen by Prime Minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah, who had been tasked with forming a new government after he himself was sworn in on Monday.

"The executive bureau of NCP approved the nominated people from the party to take their positions as ministers," Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, a top aide to Bashir, told reporters after the party meeting.

The cabinet is due to be sworn in on Friday, and is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sunday.

Several ministers from the previous government were retained in the new, smaller cabinet.

But the erstwhile finance minister Osman al-Rikabi was replaced by Abdallah Hamdok, while Ahmed Bilal was named new minister of interior.

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