Sudan’s Bashir Forms First Cabinet Since Separation of South

Sudan formed the first government after the south seceded in July as President Umar al-Bashir’s National Congress Party took control of 20 ministries.

Bashir delayed the appointment of a new cabinet as he sought the participation of the main opposition parties in the government. The Democratic Unionist Party agreed to join the cabinet while the the Ummah Party, the Sudanese Communist Party and the Popular Congress Party, led by opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi, refused to do so.

The NCP’s portfolio includes the finance, oil, foreign affairs, defense and interior ministries, Nafie Ali Nafie, the party’s vice president, said late yesterday in remarks broadcast by state television. The DUP is in charge of the trade, youth affairs and sports and cabinet affairs ministries.

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