Yesterday, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok received the list of nominations by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) for 17 ministerial positions among the Council of Ministers and met with the Sudanese National Party to discuss governance. Khartoum also witnessed the formation of a new group demanding the right to govern Sudan’s central states.
A member of the Nominations Committee, Ibrahim El Sheikh, stressed that these nominations were subject to strict criteria, including political awareness of the challenges facing the country, academic qualifications, and experience. The list included the CV of each candidate.
“Our brothers in the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) are expected today to hand over their nominations for seven ministries”, he said. He added that all parties are preparing the formation of the new cabinet.
The formation of a new government will include more agency for the rebel parties that signed the Juba Peace Agreement. Next to seven ministries, three seats will be added to the Sovereign Council for members of the SRF rebel alliance, for example.
Yesterday, when he met with a delegation from the Sudanese National Party, PM Hamdok said that plurality and diversity among the new Council of Ministers is important. He also stressed that it is necessary to agree on a set of tools and processes through which issues of marginalisation can be finally resolved.
The Secretary General of the Sudanese National Party, Rifi Sebou, said that the party presented its vision on how to run the state during this sensitive stage to the Prime Minister and stressed that reach peace will require a concerted effort.
Last month, the National Umma Party complained that FFC’s approach to the nomination of ministers was ‘far too partisan and excludes too many other parties’.
On the same day, Khartoum witnessed the birth of a new political group, called ‘Central Entity’, who demand the right to govern El Gezira, Sennar, and White Nile state.
In a press conference, the head of the new group’s committee, Ganadi Ibrahim also said that region should receive new national projects and investment in infrastructure. The group further demands the right to choose a representative for the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers and amendment of the Juba Peace Agreement.
Ibrahim stated that the group’s first general conference will be held mid-February.