Since oil revenues abruptly ended eight years ago, Sudan’s main foreign exchange earners have been gold and the income from troop deployments in Yemen in support of Saudi forces. Both of these have allegedly fed corruption – and any investigation is likely to focus on General Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the de facto strongman among the military cabal.
He has promised to abide by the decisions of the civilian government, but whether he will countenance reforms that unravel his business empire – including huge interests in gold mining and export – remains to be seen. Alex de Waal, Tufts University
[August 26 2019]
The new (transitional) prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, took the oath of office on Wednesday, August 21 – on the same day as the new Sovereign Council.
KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change, the country’s main opposition alliance, has nominated economist Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok to serve as prime minister in the country’s transitional government.
Economist Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok is expected to be appointed prime minister by Sudan’s sovereign council, which is expected to be sworn in August 19 2019 pursuant to the power-sharing agreement signed August 17 2019. Under the agreement, a military leader would head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the next 18. It would also establish a cabinet appointed by the activists and a legislative body and was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy chief of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), and Ahmed al-Rabie, who represented the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group.. Hamdok served as deputy executive secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa since 2011. He holds a master of arts and doctoral degrees from the School of Economic Studies-University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Khartoum.