Sudan's Leader al-Burhan Says New Prime Minister to Be Technocrat
© REUTERS / JOK SOLOMUNSudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan addresses delegates after signing a declaration of principles between Sudanese Transitional government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North, in Juba, South Sudan March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jok Solomun/File Photo
KHARTOUM (Sputnik) - Sudan's new prime minister will be a technocrat but there are no candidates for the post yet, armed forces commander-in-chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said.
"The previous prime minister was elected through consensus between political and military forces. Now there are no political forces, so we have a patriotic duty to lead the people and help them in the transition period until elections are held. We will choose a prime minister who will belong to technocrats," al-Burhan said.
There is no list with names of candidates for the post yet, the official added.
The cabinet will be appointed by a new prime minister, as the military will not interfere, al-Burhan assured. It is up to different layers of the Sudanese society to reach consensus on a candidacy for prime minister, according to the Sudanese leader.
A new prime minister and the Sovereign Council will appear in Sudan within a couple of days, "within a week at the latest," Abdel Fattah al-Burhan added.
"I hope this will be done in a couple of days or within a week at the latest," al-Burhan said when asked about the timing for the election of a prime minister and the appointment of members of the Sovereign Council.
The Sudanese military on Monday morning detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several other members of the government. Al-Burhan, who heads the Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council, announced in a televised address to the nation the introduction of a state of emergency and the dissolution of the country's government. On Tuesday, it was reported that Hamdok and his wife returned to their capital residence.