Sudan’s Hamdok resumes as new prime minister


A new prime minister Abdalla Hamdok has been sworn-in in Sudan as leader of the country’s civilian transitional government.

The composition of the 11-member Sovereign Council that will run the country for the transition period was completed on Tuesday, consisting of six civilian and five military figures.

Hamdok, a renowned economist vowed to prioritise the nation’s peace and economic progress during his stay in office.

“The revolution’s deep-rooted slogan, ‘freedom, peace and justice,’ will form the programme of the transitional period,” Hamdok told reporters at a news conference in the capital Khartoum.

The United States, Britain and Norway have welcomed Hamdok’s appointment, calling it a historic moment for Sudan.

“The appointment of a civilian-led government presents an opportunity to rebuild a stable economy and create a government that respects human rights and personal freedoms,” the Troika, as the three countries are known, said in a joint statement.

The outgoing head of the military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was also sworn in as leader of the new Sovereign Council that will run the country for three years until an election.

Burhan and other military officers overthrew veteran leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir in April in response to months of protests over economic hardships and dictatorship.

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