KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s prime minister has appointed veteran Darfur rebel group leader and Islamist Jibril Ibrahim as finance minister in a cabinet overhaul introduced in a press convention on Monday.
The reshuffle comes as Hamdok struggles to push by reforms and safe overseas financing seen as essential to easing a deep financial disaster and bolstering Sudan’s transition to democracy.
Hamdok, appointed following a military-civilian power-sharing deal after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir, had led a cabinet of technocrats which has had an uneasy relationship with the navy.
Caretaker ministers have been in cost at seven ministries together with the finance ministry since July.
The new, expanded cabinet comes following a peace deal signed in October with some rebel teams. It was geared toward ending conflicts in Darfur and southern Sudan, awarded the teams posts in transitional establishments, and reset the clock on a 39-month transition to elections.
Analysts say the peace deal and long-delayed appointments to transitional our bodies are vital steps, although the alternative of certified technocrats with political figures might throw up new challenges.
Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) that fought authorities forces in Darfur from 2003, had beforehand been a member of the Islamist motion below Bashir.
A former financial advisor for JEM who turned leader after his brother was killed in an airstrike, some Sudanese, in addition to analysts, have questioned the anticipated appointment of a former Bashir ally and Islamist to a key ministry, notably throughout an financial disaster.
Rebel teams have additionally been given the mining, livestock, social growth, schooling, infrastructure and federal authorities ministries, following the settlement. Three rebel leaders had been appointed final week to an expanded ruling transitional sovereign council.
The publish of overseas minister went to Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, a leader of the favored Umma Party and daughter of former prime minister and Bashir opponent Sadiq al-Mahdi.
Khalid Omar Yousif, a leader of the Sudanese Congress Party and a outstanding determine within the protests that introduced down Bashir, was appointed minister of cabinet affairs.
Several officers, together with the Justice and Irrigation and Water Resources ministers, had been re-appointed to the brand new cabinet. A brand new schooling minister has not but been appointed.
Sudan has witnessed protests in latest days over the state of the economic system, with excessive inflation and commodity shortages.
Commenting on the cabinet’s plans for the brand new yr, Hamdok mentioned “we must focus on productive investments that help to solve the economic distress the country is going through,” occurring to listing anticipated investments in petroleum and electrical energy.
Writing by Nafisa Eltahir, Editing by Aidan Lewis and Toby Chopra