What Happened: Sudan's new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has announced the formation of a government after naming 18 ministers for his new Cabinet, AP reported Sept. 5. He also said the country would prioritize reducing military spending and called on the United States to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Why It Matters: Sudan's new Cabinet will form the first government since the removal of longtime President Omar al Bashir in April. However, Sudan's new political system remains fragile and the country will face significant challenges in the lead-up to its first nationwide elections, currently scheduled for 2022, such as food and fuel shortages, as well as rampant crime.
Background: Waves of unrest and violence between the ruling Transitional Military Council and opposition groups rocked Sudan after Bashir's removal, including a crackdown that killed over 100 people. Both sides reached a landmark deal in August to establish a sovereign council, confirming the military's authority over the council for 21 months before transferring leadership to a civilian representative.