KHARTOUM, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Swearing-in ceremony of Sudan's new government, which was set for Friday, has been delayed, Sudan's Presidency announced Friday.
"The swearing-in ceremony for the federal and state ministers in the new government of national consensus, which was scheduled for Friday at 8:00 p.m. (Sudan local time), has been postponed to Saturday at 8:00 p.m.," said the presidency in a statement.
It said the delay was meant to avail time for the appointed ministers outside the country to join their colleagues in the swearing-in ceremony.
Meanwhile, news reports earlier Friday indicated that Abdalla Hamdok, who has been named finance minister in the new government, has apologized from taking the post.
However, media reports later stated that leading figures in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) were exerting efforts to convince Hamdok to accept the post.
Hamdok is a prominent economist in Sudan where he served in a number of regional organizations, the African Development Bank and the International Labor Organization. In 2016, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated Hamdok as Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The NCP on Thursday announced a new government formation of 21 federal ministries.
According to the announcement, ten of the ministries in the new government went to the ruling NCP and the other political parties participating in the government also took ten ministries.
No minister is not yet named for the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture, which will also go to the other parties participating in the government.