JARTUM, Sep. 5 (Reuters / EP) –
The Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, announced Thursday the formation of the first government that will have the African country after the fall of the regime of Omar Hasan al Bashir, which will have 18 members, including four women.
The list of ministers has been agreed within the Sovereign Council, composed of military and civil representatives. According to 'The Sudan Tribune', Hamdok received a first list of 15 ministers on Tuesday and the announcement has been delayed by discrepancies around three ministries: Infrastructure, Livestock and Local Government.
The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which brings together the main civil society organizations, had presented a list with candidates to all ministries except Defense and Interior, which by virtue of the transition agreement are reserved for the military .
The appointments of Asmaa Abdalá stand out as the first woman in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; from Ibrahim Elbadawi, a former World Bank economist, as finance minister; and of General Jamal Aldin Omar, who was a member of the military transition council, as Minister of Defense.
Hamdok already said on Monday, during a press conference from Khartoum with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, that it would be “logical” for women to have adequate representation, given that “women have been on the frontline of the revolution “that overthrew Al Bashir in April.
The new Government will lead a three-year transition to the holding of elections, in accordance with the agreement reached by the military and the civil opposition. Hamdok has set as one of his priorities to straighten the economy, whose crisis was the engine of the protests that led to the fall of Al Bashir.
Elbadawi said in an interview with Reuters last April that Sudan needs “a mini Marshall Plan, given the destruction the country has suffered.” “From my experience, I would think of the World Bank,” he said, also pointing to the International Monetary Fund.