Sudan’s PM and cabinet take office vows to tackle conflicts

Sudan’s PM and cabinet take office vows to tackle conflicts

Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, was sworn in on Wednesday as leader of a transitional government at the presidential palace in Khartoum, state news agency SUNA said.

Earlier on Wednesday, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, was sworn in as head of the 11-member Sovereign Council, which replaces the now-defunct Transitional Military Council.

 

The new head of the government Abdalla Hamdok has vowed to make of achieving peace and solving the country’s economic crisis a priority.

 

“The revolution’s deep-rooted slogan, ‘freedom, peace and justice,’ will form the program of the transitional period,” Hamdok told reporters at a news conference in the capital Khartoum.

 

West allies including the United States, Britain and Norway welcomed Hamdok’s appointment, calling it a historic moment for Sudan and urged the military to “engage constructively” with the new government.

 

“The appointment of a civilian-led government presents an opportunity to rebuild a stable economy and create a government that respects human rights and personal freedoms,” the Troika said in a joint statement.

 

Hamdok is tasked by the Council to rebuild an economy battered by years of US sanctions and government mismanagement during Bashir’s 30-year rule.

Among the military men sworn in were General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commonly known as Hemedti, outgoing deputy head of the military council.

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