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DUP chief’s son sworn in as senior presidential assistant after two weeks delay

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June 18, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The son of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) chief Mohammed Osman al-Mirghani was sworn in as senior presidential assistant, almost two weeks after missing the oath ceremony for cabinet members before president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

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Mohamed al-Hassan al-Mirghani

Al-Hassan has attributed his absence to pressing family obligations in the city of Sinkat in eastern Sudan.

Mohmed al-Hassan was sworn in with the presence of Chief Justice Haidar Dafalla and the Minister of the Presidency Salahuddin Wansi.

In dismissing that he was unhappy about the posts offered to the DUP, al-Hassan said that he had received news of his appointment from Bashir personally.

In a press statements after the oath, al-Hassan underscored his party’s support for the national dialogue to achieve political stability.

The April general elections brought the DUP in second place to the ruling party with 25 seats in parliament.

They were awarded three federal ministries and 2 ministers of state along with the post of senior assistant to the president.

(ST)

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