Sudan PM names first Cabinet since removal of al-Bashir

Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during joint press conference in Khartoum. [Reuters Photo]

's announced on Thursday the formation of the first government since the overthrow of long-term ruler in April. The government was formed as part of a three-year power-sharing deal signed last month between the military and civilian parties and protest groups.

's newly appointed announced his on Thursday, the first since the military's ouster of autocratic former President in April, and appointees include Sudan's first woman foreign minister and a former World Bank economist.

The Cabinet is part of a power-sharing agreement between the military and pro-democracy demonstrators, following pressure from the United States and its Arab allies, amid growing concerns the political crisis could ignite a civil war.

Prime Minister said in a news conference in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday the Cabinet will include at least three women, including Asmaa Abdalla as the first woman to serve as foreign minister in Sudanese history.

He also picked Ibrahim Elbadawi, a former World Bank economist, to lead the Finance Ministry. Overhauling Sudan's ailing economy is a top challenge facing the county's transitional government.

Under the power-sharing agreement, Hamdok will form a Cabinet of not more than 20 ministers, but the military will nominate the defense and interior ministers.

The military has nominated Lt. Gen. Gamal Omar as defense minister and Idriss al-Traifi as interior minister. "

The deal, signed earlier this month, created a joint military-civilian Sovereign Council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.

The military ousted al-Bashir, who came to power after an Islamic-backed military coup in 1989, in April after months of mass protests against his three-decade-rule.

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