New Sudanese PM vows to work for establishment of pluralistic democracy

Khartoum Sudan's new Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk has said that he will work for the establishment of a pluralistic democracy, in which all the Sudanese respect their differences, noting that since independence, Sudan has not witnessed political elites' consensus on a national inclusive project.

At a press conference after the swearing-in ceremony at the Republican Palace in Khartoum on Wednesday night, Hamdouk described the rejection of the Constitutional Document by some political forces and the occurrence of differences as very normal under the democratic system. He explained that these differences are a true test for the Sudanese to consider their commonalities to reach safety.

Hamdouk indicated that although his nomination for the post was made by the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC), he intends to become a prime minister for all the Sudanese people after taking the oath.

He made clear that Sudan has taken the first steps towards the consensual partnership after the formation of the Sovereign Council on Tuesday and the agreement to form the Council of Ministers in the coming few days.

On the formation of his cabinet of technocrats, Hamdouk underlined that the criterion of efficiency would guide his choice of the ministers. He also stressed that he would deal strictly with the list established by the FDFC, which includes three candidates for each ministerial portfolio. "If I don't find the (required) criteria I will return (the list) to them," he said.

In line with the matrix established by the FDFC and the Transitional Military Council, which ran the country's affairs in the past period, the premier has to form his government before 28 August as the first cabinet meeting should take place on the first of September.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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