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Bashir names new Sudan Prime Minister

Bashir names new Sudan Prime Minister

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir appointed a first Vice-President and a new Prime Minister on 23 Feb 2019 after declaring a state of emergency to counter the most sustained protests since he came to power 30 years ago in a military coup.

Mohamed Tahir Ayala, the former Governor of Gezira state was appointed Prime Minister.

Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf became first Vice-President while retaining his defence portfolio.

Why there is a protest in Sudan?

They are demanding President Bashir step down, and chanted "Freedom, peace and justice" - the movement's main slogan - and "Overthrow, overthrow" as they marched.

The main trigger for the recent protests was the government’s decision to increase the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three Sudanese pounds.

There is almost an economic breakdown as ATMs don’t dispense cash and prices of common goods are on the rise. These are the prerequisites for a protest and that is what happening.

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