Sudan’s prime minister announced on Thursday the formation of the first government since the overthrow of long-term ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.
The government was formed as part of a three-year power-sharing deal signed last month between the military and civilian parties and protest groups.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced the names of 18 ministers in the new cabinet and said he would name two more later. The Cabinet includes four women, in an apparent acknowledgment of Sudanese women’s participation in the uprising.
“We started preparing for peace by forming a mini committee in consultation with the sovereign council and members of the ministerial council whose task is to establish a general framework for the formation of the peace commission, which is the first priority of the transitional period,” the prime minister said.
He added: “We aspire to build a productive national economy, as well as build state institutions.”
“We are committed to a foreign policy that takes Sudan’s interest first and foremost and is based on good neighborliness and working with friends, brothers, and partners to build a world of democracy and human rights,” he said.