Sudan: Inauguration of the Sovereign Council and Transition to a Civil Power - RFI
After the fall of former President Omar al-Bashir under the pressure of the street, last April, Sudan inaugurates, Sunday, August 18, the Council
By RFIPalled on 18-08-2019Today on 18-08-2019 at 14:52
After the fall of former President Omar al-Bashir under the pressure of the street, last April, Sudan inaugurates, Sunday, August 18, the Sovereign Council, its first transitional body paving the way for a transfer of power to civilians. After the nomination of the members of the Sovereign Council, the new body will have to confirm, on Tuesday, the name of the Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, a former economist of the UN.
In two days, Abdallah Hamdock should take up his new duties. Former vice-secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, he was chosen by the opposition forces for the post of future prime minister. His name should be confirmed after formal approval by the Sovereignty Council.
The economist is expected to lead a new government, mostly civilians, but two key positions - the Interior and Defense - are reserved for the army.
On September 1st, work can begin. These new institutions should meet for the first council of ministers.
Pending the composition of the Sovereignty Council
It is today, Sunday, August 18, that we enter the concrete phase of the transition and that will be appointed members of the Council of Sovereignty. Even if we wait for the list of names, we already know the composition of this body namely six civilians and five soldiers, with a rotating presidency, first entrusted to the army for 21 months. Then, this presidency will be handed over to civilians for the remaining 18 months of the transition.
On paper, this body is described as advisory but it is he who will oversee the whole process.
It must be remembered that since its independence, Sudan has known almost only military regimes. In 63 years of independence, civilians had access to power only for three periods, a total of only eleven years.
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