Sudan's new cabinet was sworn in on Saturday (12 May) in the country's capital, Khartoum.?
Sudan's new cabinet was sworn in on Saturday (12 May) in the country's capital, Khartoum. The new cabinet consists of 13 ministers, three less than the one dismissed on 8 May.
Sudan's President, Jaafar El Niemiry told reporters ceremony that the new cabinet's main concern would be the country's development problems. He said the cabinet would start an immediate plan to achieve self-sufficiency in the supply of raw materials. There would be no change in foreign policy, the President added. He said: "We will strengthen relations with other countries in a bid to serve mutual economic ends."
The new government was formed on the basis of a new constitution endorsed last month by the People's Assembly -- the first permanent constitution in the 18 years since Sudan achieved independence.
As will as granting self-government to the south, the new constitution established a one-party system, stipulating that the Sudan Socialist Union is the only legal political organisation in the country.
Previous attempts to produce a constitution had foundered on the sharp political differences between the Arab-orientated North and the pre-dominantly African South.