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Sudanese president forms new govt

sudan_yes_we_canSUDANESE President Omar al-Bashir has formed a new government a month after winning elections that were boycotted by the main opposition parties and tarnished by a poor turnout.

The key foreign ministry portfolio has gone to Ibrahim Ghandour, a former presidential assistant.

Mohamed Zayed has been appointed oil minister, while Mustafa Osman Obeid was appointed acting defence minister.

The new government will comprise a total of 31 cabinet ministers.

In addition, President Bashir has also appointed governors for Sudan’s 18 states in what he has vowed will be a “new page” for his country,

Speaking at his inauguration last week, the president said that he wanted to repair ties with the West, tackle corruption and bring peace to the country.

Another priority is restoring Sudan’s ailing economy.

Mr. Bashir, 71, seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989.

Even President Bashir has been forced to admit – with civil war(s) continuing, and the ongoing economic crisis – that Sudan needs to change, and this reshuffle is part of his promised reforms.

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