Sudan edges closer to civilian rule

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 22 Aug 2019

Sudan took further steps in its transition towards civilian rule yesterday with the swearing in of a new sovereign council, to be followed by the appointment of a prime minister.

The body replaces the Transitional Military Council that took charge after months of deadly street protests brought down longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. This marks the first time that Sudan has not been under full military rule since Bashir's coup d'etat in 1989.

The first steps of the transition after the mass celebrations that marked the August 17 adoption of a transitional constitution proved difficult, however.

The names of the joint civilian-military sovereign council's 11 members were eventually announced after differences within the opposition camp held up the process for two days.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who already headed the TMC, was sworn in as the chairman of the new council. He will be head of state for the first 21 months of the 39-month transition period.

The council's 10 other members were sworn shortly afterwards.

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