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New ruling body ushers in Sudan’s complex shift to civilian rule

Military and civilian members of Sudan’s newly formed ruling body have been sworn in at the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Khartoum.
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.
General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, who also headed the TMC, was sworn in as the council’s chairman on Wednesday morning, according to state-run SUNA news agency. He will lead the council for 21 months, after which a civilian leader appointed by the protest movement will take over for the next 18 months.
Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports from Khartoum.

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