Sudan’s new Cabinet sworn in

Sudan’s new Cabinet sworn in

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After the military ousting of its autocratic President Oman al-Bashir, a new Cabinet has sworn in on Sunday.

Eighteen Cabinet ministers were sworn in before the country’s top judge, Babaker Abbas, as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the sovereign council. Mr. Hamdok is still negotiating with the pro-democracy movement over the last two ministerial posts to complete his 20-member Cabinet.

The new members include Sudan’s first woman foreign minister, Asmaa Abdalla, along with three other women, in an apparent acknowledgement of Sudanese women’s participation in the uprising.

The military of Sudan ousted its autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April following mass pro-democracy protests.

The new Cabinet is part of a power-sharing agreement between the military and pro-democracy demonstrators. As part of the agreement, a joint military-civilian sovereign council and a legislative body are supposed to be formed within three months. The three bodies are to govern Sudan for little more than three years until elections can be held.

The agreement capped months of negotiations that were accompanied by a deadly crackdown by security forces. It was signed following pressure from the United States and its Arab allies amid growing concerns that the political crisis could ignite a civil war.