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Sudan protest leaders nominates veteran economist Hamdok to head interim gov’t

Sudanese prime-minister designate and veteran economist Adella Hamdok (File/Supplied/Nyamilepdia)

August 16the 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Sudan’s protest organizers, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), on Thursday nominated veteran economist Abdalla Hamdok the head a three-year interim government.

He is expected to be formally appointed by the sovereignty council on Tuesday and take oath of office before the chairman of the council the next day.

Hamdok was deputy executive secretary of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa (UNCEA) from 2011 until October last year when he stepped down.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, one of the major groups within the protest movement, welcomed Hamdok’s nomination and pledged to support him.

“We wish Dr. Abdalla Hamdok success in one of the hardest periods in the history of our country and people, a period that the revolutionary Sudanese people are looking forward to and observing with hopefulness,” the SPA said in a statement.

Hamdok, a senior official in the Ministry of Finance during the 1980s, was nominated to be Finance minister in September 2018 by Omar al-Bashir but he turned down the offer.
Hamdok has also previously worked at Deloitte & Touche, the International Labour Organisation and the African Development Bank.

Earlier this month, the transitional military council and protest leaders signed a constitutional declaration, which opened up a path for a pledged transition to civilian rule following months of sustained civilian protests.

A formal signing of the agreement, concerning the political and constitutional declarations during the transitional period, is scheduled for Saturday.

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