CAIRO – Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a prime minister for the first time since the 1989 coup that brought him to power.
Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, an army general and close confidante of the president who is widely known as "al-Bashir's shadow," was sworn in Thursday.
Saleh has previously held several posts, including vice president and defense minister, and has headed different security agencies.
The post of prime minister was created by constitutional amendments last year.
The state-run SUNA news agency quoted Saleh as saying a new Cabinet will represent various political forces.