Sudan ministers resign as govt makes room for rebel leaders

  • Representatives of rebel groups could take up the ministerial posts, although it is up to the former fighters themselves to share them out.
  • The PM issued a decree exempting Minister for Health Akram Ali Al-Tom from resigning.
  • Minister for Information Faisal Muhammad Saleh said the Transitional Government would work to implement the demands of the June 30 demonstrators into executive decisions.

By MAWAHIB ABDALLATIF |

(The East African) – Sudan ministers resign as govt makes room for rebel leaders

Sudan inched closer to settling long-running negotiations with rebel groups after senior Cabinet members resigned this past week to pave the way for the inclusion of fighters.

The resignation of the ministers could now meet one of the demands by the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, a grouping of former fighters against ousted leader Omar al-Bashir, and who had been negotiating with the Transitional Government for admittance.

Earlier, Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok had pledged to respond to a memo by the Front after the June 30 demonstrations by hundreds of marchers demanding “completion of the revolution”.

Representatives of rebel groups could take up the ministerial posts, although it is up to the former fighters themselves to share them out.

In a press release, Dr Hamdok said the ministers had established a new tradition in public service through their dedication, sincerity and integrity, and that their resignation was a sacrifice for the country.

The ministers who resigned were Asmaa Mohamed Abdallah of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Badawi of Finance and Economic Planning, Minister of Energy and Mining Adel Ali Ibrahim, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Othman Sharif, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Hashem Taher Sheikh Taha, and Minister of Animal Resources Dr Alam Aldeen Abdallah Absher.

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