Published: Thu, August 22, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

New ‘Sovereign Council’ Sworn in to Lead Sudan

New ‘Sovereign Council’ Sworn in to Lead Sudan

After mass protests forced the ouster of long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in April, months of negotiations - sometimes interrupted by violent clashes - followed between the military and the opposition democracy movement before the two sides agreed to come together.

The Sudanese opposition alliance Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC) announced Tuesday the names of its five candidates who will make up the ruling Sovereign Council, reported the Sudan Tribune.

He appeared in court on Monday - but only on charges of corruption for the opening of a trial in which an investigator said the deposed leader admitted to receiving millions in cash from Saudi Arabia.

Sudan's top general was sworn in Wednesday as the leader of a joint military-civilian body created to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward democratic elections.

When Bashir was arrested large amounts of cash in different currencies were found in his home, including 351,000 USA dollars, more than 6 million euros and 5m Sudanese pounds, a judicial source said at the time.

He told the court Bashir said the money was for spending outside the state budget, but did not give any details on who received it other than it was used for "donations". The next hearing was scheduled for August 24. Sudan's armed forces seized power after al-Bashir's ouster and only came to the negotiating table as a result of worldwide pressure.

He said the deal was not ideal but the people were determined to make it work.

Sudan's transitional authorities would need to ratify the ICC's Rome Statute to allow for the transfer of the former military ruler to The Hague. "People are cautious because the al-Bashir system still exists in the highest ranks of the military", he said.

It was the sudden tripling of bread prices in December 2018 that sparked the wave of protests fatal to Bashir's regime.

Among the military members on the council is Gen. Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, who served as deputy head of the disbanded military council.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who already headed the TMC, was sworn in as the chairman of the new sovereign council in the morning.

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

The transition's key documents were signed on Saturday at a ceremony attended by a host of foreign dignitaries, signalling that Sudan could be on its way to shedding the pariah status it had taken on through years of devastating war in Darfur.

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