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There is no real change in Sudan’s new government and protests are ongoing

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The Sudanese President’s government reshuffle following the imposition of a state of emergency on 22 February has been greeted with mixed reactions. The most outstanding feature of the changes is the lack of any appointments worthy of mention. Many of the same faces remain or have returned to government although some effort to represent domestic opposition groups has been made. Predictions that President Omar Al-Bashir would introduce qualified technocrats rather than politicians turned out to be inaccurate, leading to fears that the substantive changes and innovative ideas needed to overcome the country’s current economic crisis will not be forthcoming.

The Foreign, Justice and Defence Ministers all retain their positions with other appointments being filled by well-known political figures. Although 15 ministerial changes were made, observers say that Al-Bashir missed a golden opportunity. According to political commentator, Yasir Abdullah Ali, the appointments are “disappointing” because new ideas and efficiency drives are needed to optimise the workings of government. “Without motivated and experienced technocrats,” he explained, “it’s business as usual, and I do not see this government lasting very long.”

The new appointments appear to follow the pattern outlined by the national dialogue programme concluded in 2016, and represent a 50/50 split between members of the ruling National Congress and........

© Middle East Monitor