In Khartoum today the clerk of the House of Representatives opened the first session of the newly convened House.
In Khartoum today the clerk of the House of Representatives opened the first session of the newly convened House. When the House met for the first time, in its handsome new chamber enlarged to take increased Membership, Mohamed Saleh Shangeiti - a former High Court Judge - was unanimously elected Speaker. Mohamed Shangeiti is widely respected both in North and South Sudan; he was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1949-1952.
When he had been sworn in, the new members mostly in their native dress but some in western suits and even two with the clerical collars of Roman Catholic priests - took the oath to honour the constitution.
In his opening Speech, the Speaker of the House expressed his appreciation of the confidence shown by the people in the members of the House of Parliament, and asked the members to continue this by proving worthy of it.
There were three candidates for the post of Prime Minister, but Abdulla Khallil was re-elected by a comfortable majority of 103 of the 172 members present.
After thanking the Hon. Members for his re-election, the Prime Minister said "My colleagues and I will continue to rule this country on a national basis. We shall maintain the liberties provided for in the Constitution and consolidate the independence and full sovereignty of the Country. Our foreign policy is summarised by one word - "non-alignment" - and at the same time to promote friendly relations with all countries.