Ex-UN Economist Nominated as Sudan’s Transitional PM: Reports

ADDIS ABEBA – Sudan’s opposition leaders have nominated former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok to be prime minister during the country’s three-year transition government.

Hamdok, an economist, stepped down last year as deputy executive secretary of the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa.

The ruling military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDFC) are expected to sign a final power-sharing agreement on Saturday, after which the transition period is to start.

The veteran economist is due to be formally selected on August 20.

“The leaders of the Alliance for Freedom and Change have fully agreed to nominate Abdalla Hamdok,” one of the protest umbrella’s leaders told AFP, asking not to be named.

A sovereign council, consisting of six civilians and five generals, will be formed the next day – a body that will oversee the transition. The prime minister will then be appointed not long after that.

Last year, Mr. Hamdok was nominated by then-President Omar al-Bashir to the job of finance minister, but he turned it down, the AFP news agency reports.

According to his UN biography, Mr. Hamdok has more than 30 years of experience as a senior policy analyst and economist, holding several degrees from top UK institutions and the University of Khartoum. – Agencies