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Sudan swears in new ruling council

Sudan took further steps in its transition towards civilian rule on Wednesday 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 (TMC) that took charge after months of deadly street protests brought down longtime ruler Omar al Bashir in April. As a result of Wednesday’s move, it was the first time that Sudan was not 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 late on Tuesday.
General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, who already headed the TMC, was sworn in as the chairman of the new sovereign council in the morning. Burhan took the oath in a short ceremony. He will be Sudan’s head of state for the first 21 months of the 39-month transition period, until a civilian takes over for the remainder.

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