President appoints a Prime Minister after 28 years


President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has appointed a Prime Minister for the first time since he came to power in a coup d’état in 1989. He has appointed his First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh as his new prime minister. The formal press release on the presidential website said that a new Cabinet would be formed in the next few days.

Bakri Hassan Saleh (68) is one of the few remaining officers who were with the president at the time of the coup in 1989. He was Director of the National Security Service from 1990 to 1995, then Minister of the Interior until 1998, Minister of Presidential Affairs to 2000 and Minister of Defence from 2000 to 2005. In 2005 he was appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs, a post he held until 2013 when he became First Vice-President. He remains First Vice-President and will hold limited powers as prime minister. Nevertheless, observers say that the move made yesterday was a clear indication that al-Bashir intends to hand over to Saleh in due course.

Bakri Hassan Saleh will be sworn in as prime minister today.

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