Sudan has appointed a new prime minister as the country embarks on a three-year transition to civilian rule.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said achieving peace and solving the economic crisis were priorities. His appointment comes as Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was sworn in as leader of the new Sovereign Council.
The new government will run the country until an election. There have been months of turbulence including the deaths of dozens of protesters. The opposition hopes the new appointments will usher in an end to military rule.
The crisis began with protests at the end of last year which led to the ousting of Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of authoritarian government.
Hamdok was sworn in as transitional prime minister on arrival from Ethiopia, where he has worked as a respected senior economist for the UN since 2011 before stepping down last year. “The government’s top priorities are to stop the war, build sustainable peace, address the severe economic crisis and build a balanced foreign policy,” he said.
Last year, Hamdok was nominated by Mr Bashir to the job of finance minister, but he turned it down.The swearing in of Hamdok and the Sovereign Council marks the first time that Sudan has not been under full military rule since Bashir came to power in a 1989 coup.
The new Sovereign Council replaces the Transitional Military Council that took charge after the Islamist ruler was toppled after mass protests. Burhan will lead a group of six civilians and four other military officers as part of a planned 39-month long transition to democracy.
As per an agreement between the military and protesters a constitutional declaration was signed on the 17th August who agreed to the following:-
-Power-sharing will last for 39 months
-Elections to be held at the end of that period
-A sovereign council, cabinet and legislative body will be formed
-A general will head the council for the first 21 months, a civilian for the remaining 18
-Sovereign council will have 11 members (5 civilian and 5 military nominees plus one agreed by consensus)
-A prime minister, nominated by the pro-democracy movement, will head the cabinet
-The ministers of defence and interior will be chosen by the military
-The other positions will be taken by pro-democracy candidates
-Sovereign council and cabinet members barred from running for election
Source : Various