November 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir today presided over the final session of the cabinet paving the way for the formation of a new one.
Sudan official news agency said that Bashir thanked the ministers and state ministers for their work stressing that those who are not picked to join the new government should not feel that they have underperformed.
The Sudanese leader said that reshuffling is a normal process necessitated by the policy to decrease the number of ministries and ensure the participation of other political forces.
Even though Bashir disbanded the government he has yet to announce his new cabinet amid conflicting reports on the participation of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
The spokesman of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Ibrahim Ghandour said that his party is keen on enlisting all political powers including the DUP and National Umma Party (NUP) and to close doors in front of foreign intervention.
But Ghandour warned that the NCP cannot wait any longer for those parties to join saying that the people want a new government that would fulfill their aspirations. He stressed that it is up to president Bashir to make the final decision.
The NUP led by former Prime Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi has already formally rejected participation in NCP-led government while the DUP has been giving conflicting signals.