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Sudan Cabinet Reshuffle Expected to Calm Angry Protests

Sudan Cabinet Reshuffle Expected to Calm Angry Protests

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 11:00
Civilians participate in a massive demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Khartoum - Mohammed Amin Yassin

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is expected to make a cabinet reshuffle to calm angry protesters who have taken to the streets since June 30.

Senior sources in the transitional government told Asharq Al-Awsat that the upcoming changes, which they expected to take place swiftly, would affect political and service ministries.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said that the cabinet reshuffle would come in response to protester demands, especially calls for improving the government’s performance in dealing with crises.

Hamdok had promised critical measures during the transitional period, which he said would have political, economic and social implications.

Some observers expect the reshuffle to take place after the signing of a peace agreement with the armed struggle movements, noting an important convergence of views between the two sides.

The same sources revealed that the cabinet rejected a request by Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Badawi to float the Sudanese pound.

Meanwhile, four of the military rulers for the areas of the Red Sea, East Darfur, North and West Darfur, submitted their resignations on Thursday, in protest against repetitive calls by the people to oust them over poor living conditions and deteriorating security.

Those areas are known to be controlled by figures who supported the former Sudanese regime.

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