Al-Burhan appoints 15 ministers in the new Sudanese government
The head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, names 15 ministers for the new Sudanese government.
The head of the Sudanese Sovereign Transitional Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, appointed acting heads of 15 ministries, according to a decree.
The Transitional Sovereignty Council said, in a statement Thursday evening, that “Al-Burhan issued a decision assigning officials to the tasks of ministers in the ministries, including Ali Al-Sadiq Ali, who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Daw Al-Bayt Abdul Rahman Mansour as Minister of Irrigation, Graham Abdel Qader as Minister of Culture and Information, and Muhammad Abdullah Mahmoud as Minister of Energy and Oil."
Anti-al-Burhan protests continue in Khartoum
In parallel, demonstrations continued in Sudan, where dozens of demonstrators closed today 60th Street in the capital, Khartoum, in protest against the presence of Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan at the helm of power in Sudan.
Earlier today, Thursday, the US Embassy in Khartoum announced in a statement that Washington will not resume its economic aid to Sudan, which was suspended after Al-Burhan's actions on October 25, unless "the violence ends" and the "civilian-led government" returns.
Civil disobedience in Khartoum after Sudanese security forces killed 7
Security forces on Monday killed at least 7 in Sudan's capital of Khartoum during anti-coup rallies by thousands, increasing the overall number of fatalities from the crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations to 71.
Sudan's biggest civilian opposition group, the Forces for Freedom and Change, has called for two days of civil disobedience to begin on Tuesday, January 18.
Signs posted outside closed shops said "shop closed for mourning," and one of the merchants, Othman El-Sherif was among those killed.
AFP reported that pharmacies and other shops were also closed in some parts of Khartoum.
Sudan's University for Science and Technology has ceased all operations as part of the disobedience.
Sudan's Forces for Freedom and Change called for mass civil disobedience
On Monday, January 17, the Sudanese opposition Forces for Freedom and Change launched a call to start a comprehensive two-day civil disobedience, starting January 18, in response to "the deaths of demonstrators."
In a statement on their unofficial page on Twitter, the forces indicated that the goal of civil disobedience is to gather and unify the revolutionary forces and prepare for what they described as the decisive battle to overthrow the coup authority.
The Forces of Freedom and Change had issued a previous statement on January 16 on the United Nations initiative on Sudan, stressing "its readiness to consult with other sectors of the Sudanese forces to restore the democratic path."