Sudan President Omar al-Bashir dissolves government amid economic crisis

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir dissolved the Sudanese government on Sunday and named a new prime minister.

Bashir’s move is  aimed at fixing a crisis-hit economy battered in recent months by shortages in different sectors.

Bashir named Motazz Moussa as the country’s prime minister  replacing Bakri Hassan Saleh, who was appointed in 2017 as the country’s first prime minister since Bashir came to power in 1989.

Moussa had been serving as minister of irrigation and electricity before the government was dissolved.

Saleh, who had been serving as both prime minister and vice president before the shake-up, will stay on the newly created post of first vice president, while Osman Yusuf Kubur was appointed second vice president.

The announcement came moments after Bashir called an emergency meeting of ruling party officials in the presidential palace on the back of growing economic concerns over price rises and shortages.

The number of ministries in the new government will now be slashed to 21 from 31.

A presidency statement said the latest measures were necessary to solve “the state of distress and frustration faced by the country during the last period”.

Sudan’s economy has been struggling since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of oil output and depriving Khartoum of a crucial source of foreign currency.

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