As the country is reeling under a cute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 per cent for several months, a new 21 member cabinet has been sworn in in Sudan to deal with the economic crisis.

The President, Omar al-Bashir, had sacked his former 31-member cabinet to “fix the situation”.

The smaller cabinet, which will start funding from Sunday, has several members of the previous cabinet. The erstwhile finance minister Osman al-Rikabi was replaced by Abdallah Hamdok.

Despite the US’s lifting of a decade-old trade embargo on the African country, the economic situation remains grim.

As the Southern part of the country separated from it, forming a new nation — South Sudan, Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil resources.

The country has been facing several anti-government protests.

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