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Sudan cabinet reshuffle expected this week: sources

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December 2, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese cabinet is expected to hold an extraordinary session on Tuesday which could be the last one before the new formation is announced, sources told Sudan Tribune.

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FILE PHOTO - Members of Sudan’s cabinet (REUTERS PICTURES)

Thursday is usually the day when the cabinet holds its weekly meeting but the sources said that president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will use the Tuesday session to bid farewell to the ministers following discussing other items on the agenda.

The sources further said it is likely that the new cabinet formation will be announced by Thursday at the latest following a meeting of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) leadership council that is also chaired by Bashir.

The new cabinet will hold surprises, the sources confirmed but will also retain some of the old faces.

Hassan Ahmed Taha, the Secretary General of the NCP Economic Bureau, said that no spending cuts are planned to accompany the new formation and that the goal of the reshuffle is to bring capable figures on board and not to reduce expenditure.

The reshuffle has been anticipated since earlier this year amidst deep divisions within the ruling party in the wake of a coup attempt staged last year by NCP supporters and Islamists in the military.

Another crisis shook the NCP when more than 30 of its top members including the party’s ex-head of its parliamentary caucus Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Al-Attabani presented a memo to president Bashir last September criticizing the government’s decision to remove subsidies on fuel and other basic commodities, saying it "harshly" impacted Sudanese citizens.

They chided the government for the excessive violence used against protestors who took the streets against the subsidies cut and called for deep political and economic reforms.

They also urged Bashir to form a mechanism for national reconciliation comprised of various political forces and assign the economic dossier to a professional national economic team.

"The legitimacy of your rule has never been at stake like it is today" they said in their letter to Bashir which was seen as a direct challenge to the president who is now the country’s longest serving leader.

Bashir formed a committee headed by national assembly speaker Ibrahim Al-Tahir to query those whose names appeared in the petition that was circulated publicly.

The commission of inquiry recommended dismissing three members including al-Attabani and temporarily suspending nine others. The decision was endorsed by the NCP leadership council.

Al-Attabani and others later declared his intention to leave the party and form a new one that would "bring new hope to Sudan".

Besides the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and several smaller parties no other major opposition parties are expected to join the new cabinet.

(ST)

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  • 3 December 2013 10:49, by Akol Liai Mager

    will it be the last NIF’ Cabinet reshuffle before SRF take over power in Khartoum or will the new cabinet achieve the long-awaited and dreamed goal of Fugitive leaders praying in Kauda? Street’s Councils in Khartoum are now circulating and discussing news of Not-Nafie and Awad Al-Jaz having rented a special plane for their exit in case of any emergency.

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    • 3 December 2013 11:06, by Akol Liai Mager

      This news of NIF militiamen defeat in all war fronts in South Kordofan has just escalated a fight within Criminal Bashir’s mind on whether he can flee the country as did by his uncle Maq Nimr 192 years ago, commit or be a man and wait for SRF to hand him over to ICC where he can spend rest of his life behind closed doors at Hague. let’s wait and see an actual film.

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