New Sudanese premier sworn in

By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM (AA) – Newly-appointed Sudanese Prime Minister Mutaz Musa was sworn in on Monday, one day after President Omar al-Bashir sacked his national unity government.

Musa was a minister of irrigation and electricity in the dissolved national unity government.

Addressing the oath-taking ceremony in Khartoum, Bashir announced a spate of economic measures aiming to cut budget deficits and expenses to help ease a crippling economic crisis in the country.

The Sudanese leader said the new government lineup will be announced within a few days and will be tasked with implementing austerity measures.

“The government’s agenda will focus on how to implement financial cuts,” he said, adding that the number of ministers in the new government will be cut from 31 to 21.

“We will go further to cut government institutions in the state,” he said.

“The new government will also adopt wide reforms regarding laws of investments, improving public services and fighting corruption,” he said.

Sudan has been grappling with a crippling economic crisis since the beginning of this year, triggering sporadic protests in the country.