Protest-hit Sudan unveils new cabinet

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Khartoum — Sudan’s new prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a 20-member cabinet tasked with solving an economic crisis that has triggered nationwide protests against the decades-old rule of President Omar Al-Bashir.

Bashir appointed Mohamed Tahir Eila as premier last month after dissolving the previous federal government in the face of protests that have rocked his administration since December.

Eila’s cabinet is the third such government formed in less than two years, with the earlier two administrations sacked by Bashir for failing to revive the crisis-wracked economy.

Eila named veteran politicians Eshaj Adam Jamaa as oil minister, while the finance portfolio was given to Magdi Hassan Yasin.

Bashir on February 22 dissolved the former cabinet along with all provincial governments as he imposed a nationwide state of emergency to quell demonstrations after an initial crackdown failed to suppress the protest movement.

Eila said his new government, which retains several ministers from the previous cabinet, aimed to tackle the country’s economic crisis -- the key factor behind the protests.

Eila named veteran politicians Eshaj Adam Jamaa as oil minister, while the finance portfolio was given to Magdi Hassan Yasin. — AFP


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