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Sudanese poet Raja Bushra on the power of artistic expression
Raja Bushra says poetry enables her and others to openly express the challenges of life in Sudan.

Sudan gets slimmer cabinet amid economic woes

Sudan's newly appointed vice-president Mohamed Osman Yousif Kiber addresses journalists after taking the oath in Khartoum on September 10, 2018
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Osman Yousif Kiber has been appointed a vice-president

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has named a new cabinet after firing the previous one as the country faces a growing economic crisis, with annual inflation above 60%.

The size of the cabinet has been slashed from 31 ministers to 21.

The new ministers include: Abdullah Hamduk as finance minister, Ahmed Bilal Othman as interior minister, Khadr Mohamed Qasmallah as minister of water resources and electricity.

The petroleum and mining ministries have been merged and is now headed by Azhari Abdel Qader, while the foreign affairs, defence and presidential affairs ministers from the previous governments have kept their posts, Reuters reports.

Ministers are due to be sworn in later on Friday.

More than 50 dead in Sudan landslide

More than 50 people are now known to have been killed in a mudslide in a mountainous area of Sudan's Darfur region.

The disaster happened in a remote area in Jebel Mara on Friday, when heavy rainfall caused a hillside to collapse onto a village.

But details are only now emerging due to the remoteness of the area affected.

There were many children among the dead, a local official, Amin Muhamad Osman told BBC Focus on Africa.

"This is such a remote area that the affected villages are out of mobile phone coverage, so locals have to walk 7km to get phone reception. We are now trying to coordinate relief efforts."

Map showing location of Jebel Marra
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Uncovering Sudan's lost music heritage

The diverse music scene was buried when the religious government took over in 1989
When a hard-line religious government took over Sudan in 1989, one of the first casualties was music. Lost were the diverse sounds of the capital Khartoum - the hypnotic violin and accordion driven music of the 1970's and the synthesizer and drum machine music of the 1980s.

However, over the past two years music collector Vik Sohonie and his team have traveled to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan itself in search of Sudan's musical relics. He spoke to Newsday about the compilation he has created - 'Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan' - which is being released on Ostinato Records.

(Photo: Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak and Kamal Tarbas perform in Omdurman in the early 1980s. Credit: Kamal Tarbas)

President al-Bashir dissolves government in Sudan

The president said he needed to tackle the crisis-hit economy
Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, has dissolved the government, saying he needed to tackle the country's crisis-hit economy. The number of ministries is to be reduced from 31 to 21. President Bashir said his intervention was necessary to solve the state of distress and frustration faced by the country.

Ahmed Hussain Adam is a Sudanese Research Associate at SOAS University in London.

(Photo: President Omar al-Bashir Credit: Getty Images)
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