Sudanese President Bashir Dissolves Cabinet, Appoints New PM

Channels Television  
Updated September 10, 2018
President Omar Al-Bashir

 

President Omar Al-Bashir on Sunday dissolved the Sudanese government and named a new prime minister, Motazz Moussa.

Al-Bashir said the move is aimed at fixing a crisis-hit economy battered in recent months by shortages of bread, fuel and hard currency.

Motazz Moussa replaces Bakri Hassan Saleh, who was appointed in 2017 as the country’s first prime minister since Bashir came to power in 1989.

Moussa had been serving as minister of irrigation and electricity before the government was dissolved.

Saleh, who had been serving as both prime minister and vice president before the shake-up, will stay on in the newly created post of first vice president, while Osman Yusuf Kubur was appointed second vice president.

The announcement came just after Bashir called an emergency meeting of ruling party officials in the presidential palace on the back of growing economic concerns over price rises and shortages.

No other ministerial appointments were announced, but the number of ministries in the new government will be slashed to 21 from 31, a move intended to cut down on spending, National Congress Party Deputy Chairman Faisal Hassan told a news conference.

The ministers of foreign affairs, defence and presidential affairs will remain in their posts when the new government is formed, Hassan said.