Sudan to form 11-member transitional government

Sudan to form 11-member transitional government

Sudan will form an 11-member “sovereign council” to govern the country for a three-year transitional period until elections are held.

The council will be led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the transitional military council that has ruled Sudan since a military coup ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in April this year.

Economist Abdalla Hamdok has been nominated by the opposition to serve as Prime Minister in Sudan’s transitional government.

Under a power-sharing agreement signed on Saturday, the sovereign council is the country’s highest authority, but executive power is delegated to a cabinet of ministers.

According to the agreement, the opposition coalition and the military each choose five members of the council, with the 11th member being a jointly-chosen civilian.

A 300-member legislative assembly will also serve during the transitional period.

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