Sudan’s finance, foreign and energy ministers replaced in reshuffle

Sudan’s prime minister has accepted the resignation of six ministers including the finance, foreign and energy ministers as part of a cabinet reshuffle. (File/AFP)
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Updated 09 July 2020

Sudan’s finance, foreign and energy ministers replaced in reshuffle

  • Earlier this week, PM Hamdok fired Sudan's police chief and his deputy
  • The reshuffle comes nine days after large street protests demanding faster and more comprehensive reforms

CAIRO: Sudan's prime minister replaced the finance, foreign, energy and health ministers and three other senior cabinet post-holders on Thursday as part of a sweeping reshuffle, the government said.
Authorities had said a reshuffle was coming, but few had expected the exit of Ibrahim Al-Badawi, who as finance minister led efforts to steady Sudan's crisis-stricken economy and liaised with foreign donors.
The government said transitional Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had dismissed the health minister and accepted the resignation of Badawi and the others. It named interim replacements to lead all seven ministries.
Hamdok leads a government of technocrats under a 39-month power-sharing agreement between the military and civilian groups, following the removal of long-time President Omar Al-Bashir last year.
Badawi's interim replacement will be Heba Ahmed Ali, a senior finance ministry official, the government statement said.
The reshuffle comes nine days after large street protests demanding faster and more comprehensive reforms from transitional authorities.
On the eve of the protests, Hamdok had promised to take a number of major decisions, without giving details. Earlier this week, he fired Sudan's police chief and his deputy, who were seen by pro-democracy groups as close to Bashir's regime.


Bethlehem lights up Christmas tree as virus rules keep crowds away

Updated 05 December 2020

Bethlehem lights up Christmas tree as virus rules keep crowds away

  • Locals and pilgrims traditionally gather each year for the lighting of the tree in Manger Square
  • But this year, only a small crowd of journalists was present due to coronavirus restrictions

BETHLEHEM: Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree on Saturday evening but without the usual crowds, as novel coronavirus restrictions put a damper on the start of Christmas festivities in the holy city.
Palestinian authorities last week announced measures, including a night-time curfew, across the Israeli-occupied West Bank for 14 days to fight a “worrying spread” of the virus.
Locals and pilgrims traditionally gather each year for the lighting of the tree in Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.
But this year, only a small crowd of journalists was present due to coronavirus restrictions, an AFP photographer said.
Carmen Ghattas, director of public relations at the Bethlehem municipality, told AFP that Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh had lit up the tree remotely from his office in Ramallah.
The West Bank, with a Palestinian population of more than 2.8 million, has officially recorded 71,703 coronavirus infections, including 678 deaths.
Israel has occupied the territory since 1967.