Sudan: Burhan Names New Governing Sovereign Council

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General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has appointed a new governing Sovereign Council, headed by himself, to lead the country following the military takeover late last month, state media reported on Thursday.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had dissolved Sudan’s transitional government last month and detained civilian leaders in a military coup.

“I am confident that the Sudanese people can defeat the coup and continue the transition”

The new 14-member Sovereign Council includes civilians representing Sudan’s regions but none from the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition. Burhan’s deputy will remain Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commander of the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

The council also includes representatives of rebel groups that reached a peace deal with the government last year but had rejected the coup in a statement this week.

Sudan’s ousted civilian information minister rejected the formation of a new head of state Sovereign Council on Thursday following a military takeover last month, calling it an extension of the coup.

Hamza Baloul Al Amir said in a statement that he was “confident that the Sudanese people can defeat the coup and continue the transition”.

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