Sudan gets PM for first time in 28 years

On Wednesday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a decision appointing Saleh as Prime Minister.

Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid, speaking to reporters following a meeting of the leadership office of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Wednesday, said that al-Bashir, who chaired the meeting, chose to select Saleh as first vice-president and prime minister.

He will be tasked to forming a new cabinet immediately after he's sworn in.

He was one of the officers that conduct a coup d'état in June 1989 to bring his close friend Omer al-Bashir to power.

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Saleh said "the new government will be formed on bases of the outcomes of the national dialogue conference, particularly at this time when our country is making steps toward a political consensus based on the national dialogue results".

Al-Bashir said in August that he would not seek re-election after his latest five-year term ends in 2020, but he had made a similar promise before ultimately running in 2015, in a low-turnout vote in which he faced no serious contenders.

But late past year, the president proposed constitutional reforms that included the appointment of a prime minister. Although Bashir agreed to the proposal, he has reserved most executive power to himself.

Bashir has undergone heart surgery in recent weeks, raising questions over who would succeed him. He now serves as first Vice President and National Congress Party deputy leader for executive affairs.

The process was boycotted by most mainstream opposition and armed groups.

Bashir is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

  • Leroy Wright