Sudan's new rulers to be sworn in

Wednesday August 21 2019

Sudan military generals and protest leaders sign landmark transition agreement.

Sudan's protest leader Ahmad Rabie (second right) flashes the victory gesture alongside General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (centre), the chief of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC), during a ceremony where they signed a "constitutional declaration" that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule, in the capital Khartoum on August 17, 2019. They are accompanied by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo "Hemeti" (second left), TMC deputy chief and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, and regional leaders. PHOTO | EBRAHIM HAMID | AFP 

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There were celebrations last weekend when the two sides signed the deal paving the way for civilian rule.

The sovereign council that will oversee Sudan's transition to democracy is due to take office in the next few hours.

Generals and protest leaders agreed on its final composition on Tuesday, four months after Sudan's long time ruler, Omar al-Bashir, was forced out of power.

The council consists of five military officers and six civilians - two of them women, one from Sudan's Christian minority.

Among those being sworn in is the outgoing military leader, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

He will be in charge of the sovereign council for the first 21 months; a civilian will then take over until elections in 2022.