New Ruling Body Ushers in Sudan's Complex Shift to Civilian Rule


A new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and a sovereign council with military and civilian members have been sworn in Sudan, ushering in a new era in the country following months of political uncertainty and violence.

The sovereign council, comprising of six civilians and five soldiers, is to rule Sudan for a little over three years until elections can be held. It replaces the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that took power in April after longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir was forced out of office following months of mass protests against his nearly three-decade rule. 

The council's inauguration on Wednesday comes days after the TMC and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), an alliance of protest groups and opposition parties, signed a final power-sharing deal.

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Al Jazeera