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Asma Mohamed Abdalla (2019)

Asma Mohamed Abdalla (also: Asmaa Abdallah, Abdullah; Arabic.أسماء محمد عبدالله; born 1946) is a Sudanese diplomat and politician. In early September 2019, she became Sudan’s first female foreign minister in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s cabinet.[1][2][3][4]

Life and education

Abdalla was born in the year 1946.[2] She graduated from the University of Khartoum in 1971 after studying economics and political science.[5]

Diplomatic career and exile

Before Umar al-Bashir seized power, Abdalla was an employee of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[6][7] Thus, she worked as a diplomat in Morocco and was then appointed as Sudan’s ambassador to Norway.[2] After the military coup by al-Bashir in 1989, she was dismissed.[2] She then went into exile in Morocco where she worked as a consultant for organizations such as Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture.[2][5] Some time later she returned to Khartoum, without engaging in political activities, and opened a translation agency.[2]

Sudan Protests 2018-2019

During the 2018-2019 protests in Sudan, Abdalla joined the opposition group Forces of Freedom and Change, where he became a member of the Foreign Affairs Working Group.[2][5]

Secretary of State

In early September 2019, Abdalla was appointed Foreign Minister by Sudan’s new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.[8]

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Individual references

  1. FFC, Hamdok reach deal on Sudan’s transitional cabinet.Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. a b c d e f g Karim El-Gawhary:She’s back.In: taz.co.uk. September 10, 2019, retrieved on September 10, 2019.
  3. Sudan swears in new Cabinet, first since al-Bashir ouster.In: dw.com. September 9, 2019, retrieved 10 September 2019 (English).
  4. Prime Minister Hamdouk presents new Sudanese government.In: dabangasudan.org. September 6, 2019, retrieved 10 September 2019 (English).
  5. a b c أسماء عبدالله: فصلها البشير من العمل الدبلوماسي فعادت وزيرة للخارجية.BBC News, retrieved September 10, 2019 (Arabic).
  6. Could Sudan’s new foreign minister be a woman?In: alaraby.co.uk. September 2, 2019, retrieved 10 September 2019 (English).
  7. New start for Sudan.diepresse.com, September 5, 2019, retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. Hamdok announces first post-Bashir era government in Sudan.In: sudantribune.com. September 5, 2019, retrieved 10 September 2019 (English).