Sudan’s new sovereign council delayed until Tuesday

Published August 20, 2019, 12:07 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Agence France-Presse

The unveiling of Sudan’s sovereign council, which will govern the country’s transition to civilian rule, has been postponed until Tuesday, military rulers said.

Sudanese wave national flags as they celebrate outside the Friendship Hall in the capital Khartoum where generals and protest leaders signed a historic transitional constitution meant to pave the way for civilian rule in Sudan, on August 17, 2019. Sudan did not name its sovereign council on August 18, 2019 as expected. (PHOTO | EBRAHIM HAMID | AFP)
Sudanese wave national flags as they celebrate outside the Friendship Hall in the capital Khartoum where generals and protest leaders signed a historic transitional constitution meant to pave the way for civilian rule in Sudan, on August 17, 2019. Sudan did not name its sovereign council on August 18, 2019, as expected. (PHOTO | EBRAHIM HAMID | AFP)

The line-up was due to have been announced on Sunday, in line with a deal reached between the Transitional Military Council and an opposition coalition.

The TMC, which took over from Omar al-Bashir’s regime after he was forced from power in April, issued a statement Monday saying that its own dissolution and the formation of the sovereign council were postponed for 48 hours.

It said the extension was granted “at the request of the Forces for Freedom and Change” after they came back on the some of the five names they put forward on Sunday.

The FFC is the main opposition umbrella, which was initially called the Alliance for Freedom and Change, representing the leaders of the months-long protests that brought down Bashir’s regime.

The ruling sovereign council will be composed of 11 members including six civilians and five from the military.

It will be headed by a general for the first 21 months and by a civilian for the remaining 18 months.

The council will oversee the formation of a transitional civilian administration, including a cabinet and a legislative body.

 
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