Bakri Hassan Saleh

Bakri Hassan Saleh
بكري حسن صالح
12th Prime Minister of Sudan
In office
2 March 2017 – 9 September 2018
President Omar al-Bashir
Preceded by Sadiq al-Mahdi (1989)
Succeeded by Motazz Moussa
First Vice President of Sudan
In office
8 December 2013 – 23 February 2019
President Omar al-Bashir
Preceded by Ali Osman Taha
Succeeded by Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf
Minister of National Defence
In office
11 July 2000 – 21 September 2005
President Omar al-Bashir
Preceded by Abdel Rahman
Succeeded by Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 71–72)
Dongola, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (now Sudan)
Political party National Congress
Military service
Allegiance  Sudan
Rank Lieutenant General

Bakri Hassan Saleh (Arabic: بكري حسن صالح‎) is a Sudanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Sudan from March 2017 until September 2018 (the first in almost 28 years) and as First Vice President of Sudan from December 2013 until February 2019, when he was dismissed.[1]

Life and career

Saleh was born in the village of Hafir Meshou, north of Dongola.[2] He attended Al-Hafir primary school, and later moved to Al-Barqeeq Central School to receive his Mediterranean education.[3] He studied at Dongola secondary school from 1964 to 1968. He graduated from the Sudanese Military Academy with the rank of Lieutenant in 1973. He served as the commander of the Special Forces from 1985 to 1987 and again from 1988 to 1989.[4]

As an army officer, Saleh took part in the June 1989 military coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power, and he served as a member on the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation, which governed Sudan following the coup.[5] Saleh held prominent positions in the Sudanese security agencies.[6] He was Director of the National Security Service from 1990 to 1995, Minister of the Interior from 1995 to 1998, Minister of Presidential Affairs from 1998 to 2000, Minister of Defense from 2000 to 2005, and Minister of Presidential Affairs again from 2005 to 2013.[7]

In 2012 he was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the Islamic Movement.[5]

Saleh was appointed to the position of First Vice President on 8 December 2013 as part of a shakeup in the leadership following the 2013 protests.[6] Saleh has been rumoured as a possible successor to Omar al-Bashir.[5][8]

On 1 March 2017, he was appointed by President Omar al-Bashir as Sudan's first Prime Minister since the post was abolished in 1989. The post of Prime Minister was re-established with limited powers, while most power remained in the hands of the President. As Prime Minister, Saleh retained his post as First Vice President.[9] He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 2 March.[10] Two months later, on 11 May, Saleh announced the composition of the new government, which had 31 ministers and 44 secretaries of state.[11]


  1. ^ Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf
  2. ^ "السودان يعيد منصب "رئيس الوزراء" بعد إلغائه منذ 28 عاماً.. ابن مدرسة "الصاعقة المصرية" يرأس أول حكومة بصلاحيات دستورية.. بكرى حسن صالح يؤدى اليمين الدستورية اليوم أمام البشير ويبدأ فى تشكيل الحكومة" (in Arabic). Youm7. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "بكري صالح.. رجل البشير الجامع بين "الرئاسة" و"الوزارة"" (in Arabic). Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "النائب الأول لرئيس الجمهورية رئيس مجلس الوزراء القومي/ الفريق أول ركن/ بكري حسن صالح" (in Arabic). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b c al-Fadl, Mohammad Abu (29 December 2013). "Sudan's Bashir replaces top officials amid ongoing protests". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Sudan appoints new vice president". Ahram Online. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ CV at Sudanese Presidency website.
  8. ^ "Downhill". The Economist. Khartoum. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  9. ^ Khalid Abdelaziz, "Sudan's Bashir names long-time ally and general prime minister", Reuters, 1 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Sudan's first PM since 1989 coup takes oath", Agence France-Presse, 2 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Sudan announces awaited national dialogue government", Sudan Tribune, 11 May 2017.
Political offices
Title last held by
Sadiq al-Mahdi
Prime Minister of Sudan
Succeeded by