Sudan Prime Minister Adds Former Rebel Leaders to Cabinet

Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok. reshuffled his cabinet to add former rebel leaders from the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of armed groups. 

The announcement was made via a televised news conference in Khartoum, the nation’s capital.

Hamdok brought in seven rebel chiefs following a October peace deal made between transition authorities, and a rebel alliance, to end the decades of conflict in the nation.

Among the new ministers is Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, the daughter of Sudan’s last democratically elected Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, and leader of the Umma party.

Hamdok also appointed Gibril Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement within the Sudan Revolutionary Front as Finance Minister.

Hamdok’s appointments come as the country tries to secure funding to lift itself out of an economic crisis and bolster its transition to democracy.

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