URGENT / SUDAN – Sudan’s Foreigner Minister: a Vacant Job


Three weeks ago (19th of April 2018), President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir surprisingly has sacked his Foreigner Minister Ibrahim Ghandour following his speech at the National Parliament to intervene and solve the financial crisis his Ministry has been stuck with for months to run diplomatic missions across the world.

In his undiplomatic step as so many pro-regimes believed, he disclosed classified issues in public domain. Ghandour who’s professionally a dentist and academician entered the political scene of the regime by the presided Sudan Workers Union for so many years, a platform which is widely considered under Inqaz Islamic regime has been dissolved and curbed in favor of the current regime.

Despite his high political profile in the regime hierarchal structure, the man of soft policy is however seen as one of the regime’s policies architecture that has resulted in the current economic and political crisis outcomes failure, not to mention gross human violations. Many argue that the man has been a victim of the center of a power struggle for power and wealth inside the regime’s clique. While his tenure during his three years made a remarkable shift in government foreign tension filled relationships the economic sanctions imposed by US since the 90s and other international collusions engulfing Sudan’s chaotic foreign channels. Such succeeded attempts have injected the regime with an effective dose and cheerfully welcomed by the regime’s doves and hawks alike.

Precisely, the inside story of striking a dismissal centered on the Minister’s own desire to resign in abundance of bold reckless interventions in his jurisdictions made by other regime key-planners behind the scene, thus the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become a phony circle with a tarnished image. The fired Minister had denounced that publicly many times with little response. For three decades, the Khartoum regime managed to transform the power exercising into enigma, a sort of hidden hand-driven basically controlled by non-institutionalized means including highly political, tribal ethnical and financial polarizations. All those means are monopoly by fundamentalists who claimed to be the sole legitimate heirs of state and government, which have been seized for decades— it is no wonder Sudan foreign relationships are no longer relevant to international standards.

The key Ministry’s head has become a vacant post since Ghandour fired again the crisis of a few men-show has come into Sudan’s political surface. As stated earlier the regime, and this is not exceptional of dictatorship regimes, has been driven by the same characters that’s why all predictions would have failed in their expectations. In one word, who would-be Minister of Foreign Affairs? What came to be known as Ministers of sovereignty have been booked for certain names, although recently it has become impossible to differ between the post and its occupier.

However, many are in a hurry seeking to take over the eye-catching post, including former ministers and other newcomers. No nominee in elective sense for the post, but secretive executive directions would determine the future of Sudan foreign policy, yet to be accomplished.

However, it is hardest time for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be reconstructed.


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